Encyclopedia Virginia, a publication-in-progress of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is a dynamic, authoritative, and publicly accessible reference work about Virginia history and culture.
Encyclopedia Virginia is the first and ultimate online reference work about the Commonwealth; it aggregates in a single resource information on Virginia history, business, politics, and geography, plus the state’s proud heritage in the arts, religion, culture, and folklife. As the Encyclopedia grows, it will also explore areas of science, medicine, education, and technology and interpret the state’s significance to the people of Virginia, the nation, and the world.
The first phase of Encyclopedia Virginia focuses on topics related to Virginia literature, Civil War history, and twentieth century history. Soon to follow will be content on subjects relating to folklife and, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, precolonial history and colonial history. To help contextualize these entries, the Encyclopedia offers users sound and video excerpts where it can, images and maps, links to articles on related topics, cross-referencing and search functions, and suggested readings for further research. With each publication phase, Encyclopedia Virginia will introduce new topics that will be covered comprehensively and authoritatively.
September 13, 2010