Library’s Center for Local History is creating a unique, searchable index of 20th century area news
Arlington Public Library’s microfilm collection of the Northern Virginia Sun–originally the Arlington Sun–is being converted to a digital, full-text database–a boon for researchers, history buffs and anyone searching for specific moments in Arlington’s 20th century story.
The collection from 1935 through September 1978 will be unavailable at times as the work is completed off-site.
Until now, historic issues of the Sun had no formal index, making the search for specific stories almost impossible without knowing a publication date. The Sun was published as a thick broadsheet Monday through Saturday for much of its existence.
The digitized versions of the Sun will be available on public workstations in the Center for Local History at Central Library. The digitization was made possible by the Friends of Arlington Public Library.
The Northern Virginia Sun ceased publication in 1998 but much of its identity was transferred to the Arlington Sun Gazette, which remains a weekly published by Northern Virginia Media Services.
Arlington Public Library also offers digital online issues of the Alexandria Daily Gazette dating back to 1808–more than a century before Arlington was established as a separate county. Among the thousands of other newspapers available in the Library’s collection are historic digital issues of the Washington Evening Star and Washington Post.