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Our new Flipster Digital Magazines platform provides access to 12 best-selling digital magazines including People, Sports Illustrated, Real Simple, The Atlantic, and more.
You can check out and/or download as many issues of digital magazines as you want and read them anytime, anywhere on your phone, devices, and/or computer. Access to current and older issues of digital magazines are also available.
How Borrowing Works
- Most weekly digital magazines expire in 2 days; most monthly digital magazines expire in 7 days.
- Digital magazines can be checked out and downloaded again once they expire.
- There is no limit on the number of titles you can borrow at one time, although certain titles do have limits on the number of simultaneous users allowed.
How to Get Started
You can read Flipster Digital Magazines on your phone, tablet, or computer via your web browser or by downloading the Flipster App to your mobile devices. The Flipster app is available for download from the iTunes store for the iPad and iPhone, and on the Google Play Store for Android mobile devices.
For more information, including a getting started guide, visit our Flipster Digital Magazines page.
Our Library buildings may be closed, but the Center for Local History has a wide variety of digitized materials that are an excellent resource for local research.
Whether you’re diving into a new project, continuing down a longstanding research path, or just browsing for interesting material, here is a round-up of some of the great materials we have available online:
Oral histories are used to understand historical events, actors, and movements from the point of view of real people’s personal experiences.
The Center for Local History has hundreds of oral histories in our collections, with many of those transcripts available online. These are rich primary sources featuring interviews with civic leaders, government officials, and business owners, painting a vivid picture of what Arlington was like through many decades and perspectives.
Start exploring with interviews from civil rights leader Dorothy Hamm, renowned bluegrass musician Roy “Speedy” Tolliver, or civic activist and beekeeper Floyd A. Hawkins, or any of the many other interviews available.
Newspapers are a great first stop for delving into a given time period. The Center for Local History has copies of the Northern Virginia Sun-Gazette available digitally:
The newspapers are accessible by individual issues, and you can browse by an exact date or keyword. (For future use, the Library of Virginia will eventually have these newspapers in their digital collections with extended search capabilities, but this addition is still forthcoming.) These papers are robust resources for Arlington news and other events in the broader NOVA/Washington area.
Ancestry Library Edition is currently available with your library card number and PIN, and includes a wide variety of genealogical sources. Ancestry also offers a series of free research guides for those getting started.
Other resources available for genealogical research with your library card include HeritageQuest, and newspaper databases including:
Many of our photographic collections have been scanned for online viewing. These visual materials are an excellent way to see how Arlington has changed over the years.
Explore the full list of photographic collections available in the Center for Local History's Community Archives.
The Center for Local History has compiled numerous resources around topics relevant to Arlington history in the form of digital exhibits.
Project DAPS is both an online exhibit and searchable database that looks into the desegregation of Arlington Public Schools, with almost 2,000 scanned primary source materials the focus on many aspects of desegregation, including news coverage, legal proceedings, and reactions to this historic event.
The Nauck/Green Valley Heritage Project features a large selection of primary sources, focusing on the history of the Green Valley (formerly Nauck/Green Valley) neighborhood. The goal of this digital repository for images, memories, and documents is to make the history of the neighborhood available to the community.
Through objects donated to the Community Archive, Women’s Work: Stories of Persistence and Influence is an online exhibit that tells the stories of Arlington women and women’s groups who contributed to our community.
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Explore Arlington’s Nauck in person. And if you can, help share the rich heritage digitally.
The community—bordered by Army-Navy County Club, Four Mile Run, South Walter Reed Drive and South 16th Road—features African American roots that predate the Civil War. Records from the 184os show that free blacks like Levi and Sarah Ann Jones bought land, built homes and sometimes found neighbors by selling excess portions of their lots.
A surge of growth came with the start of the 20th century, when an influx of former slaves arrived as the federal government shuttered its nearby Freedman’s Village.
Faced with encroaching segregation, Nauck/Green Valley residents became self-sustaining as entrepreneurs, educators, religious leaders, health workers and other professionals established an array of resilient neighborhood institutions.
Several survive to this day.
Through generous loans and donations by residents, descendants and their institutions, the official Nauck/Green Valley Heritage Project continues to grow as an online archive dedicated to capturing the community’s rich history and cultural legacy.
The archive is a partnership of Arlington Public Library’s Center for Local History, the Nauck Civic Association, Arlington County’s Neighborhood Services and Drew Model Elementary School.
The goal is to find and make available digitally those seemingly lost chapters—and images—that can add to one of Arlington’s most inspiring stories.
Spread the word about Nauck/Green Valley.