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Using Women's History Sources in the Archives at the Library of Virginia

State Records

State records reveal a wealth of information on Virginia women. The minutes of the State Board of Charities and Corrections, 1908–1948, reflect the active role of women in social welfare, including sanatoriums, maternity hospitals, and orphanages. Records created by the Department of Education describe the examination and certification of teachers, while Reports of Instructional Personnel list the names of Black and white teachers in Virginia, 1891–1984, along with the grade they were certified to teach. Records created by the State Board of Nursing include examination grades and questions, as well as listings of qualified nurses. Related records are listed in John S. Salmon's book A Guide to State Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library (Richmond, 1985).