Library of Congress curators and specialists have created research guides that highlight diverse aspects of local history. Most of these fall into a few broad categories. In addition to listing general Library of Congress states and territory guides, we also list some specific examples of other topical guides that can be useful in doing local history research.
Severals areas of the Library of Congress are creating state and territory-focused guides. The three "series" of these guides are highlighted below. As new guides are created, they will be added to the lists below.
Each of these guides provides access to digital materials in the Library of Congress related to the individual state or territory, as well as links to external websites and a selected print bibliography.
The History and Genealogy Section has a series of individual state guides that focus on local history and genealogy research.
These guides showcase AFC collections that document expressive cultures and folklife in individual states:
These guides highlight collections of images in which the subjects are people in and of particular places.
Chronicling America contains more than 16 million word-searchable newspaper pages from 1777-1963, covering 48 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The headlines, articles, and advertisements capture the life and times of the American people, shining new light on historic events as they unfolded. The guides in this series can aid local history research in different ways, several of which are featured below.