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How do you prefer to learn about and access County history? Select all that apply.

Response Percent Response Count
Center for Local History at Central Library 58.2% 32
My neighborhood library 45.5% 25
My neighborhood civic association 25.5% 14
Local school 14.5% 8
Newspaper or blog 54.5% 30
The County's Historic Marker Program 38.2% 21
Lectures on historical and local informational topics 54.5% 30
Arlington Historical Society 58.2% 32
Arlington County Government website 47.3% 26
Arlington Public Access Television 20.0% 11
Other 25.5% 14

Have you used the Center for Local History at Central Library? If so, what do you like about the collection? If not, why not?

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Of the types of historic records listed below, which are of most interest to you? Select your top 5.

Response Percent Response Count
Historic photographs of buildings and locations around the county 89.1% 49
Historic photographs of Arlington people 49.1% 27
Historic documents 80.0% 44
County Board meetings 18.2% 10
Planning and Zoning hearings 12.7% 7
Planning and development around the county 27.3% 15
Planning and development around your neighborhood 29.1% 16
Your property; real estate records 47.3% 26
Tax assessments 10.9% 6
Arlington Public Schools 29.1% 16
Local business records 5.5% 3
Local newspaper archives 58.2% 32
Other 10.9% 6

What types of photographs of historic events and eras in Arlington are of greatest interest to you?

Response Percent Response Count
Civil War 63.6% 35
19th Century 72.7% 40
Early 20th Century 76.4% 42
Depression 52.7% 29
World War II 67.3% 37
The 1950's 60.0% 33
Immigration 32.7% 18
Metro transit development 43.6% 24
Smart Growth 18.2% 10
9/11 16.4% 9
Current events 23.6% 13
Other 10.9% 6

What types of documents from local organizations are of greatest interest to you?

Response Percent Response Count
Civic associations 73.5% 36
Civic groups 61.2% 30
Schools 55.1% 27
PTAs 10.2% 5
School Board 30.6% 15
Fraternal organizations 18.4% 9
Business organizations 38.8% 19
Churches, Synagogues, Mosques 40.8% 20
Youth sports organizations 12.2% 6
Scouting organizations 4.1% 2

To access community and government records, which method do you prefer?

Response Percent Response Count
In print 7.3% 4
Online and Print 92.7% 51

Would you use a facility dedicated to local records access with free-to-use computers dedicated to community and government records access?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 58.2% 32
No 9.1% 5
Maybe 32.7% 18

Should capturing and sharing Arlington’s history be a service provided by Arlington County Government?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 92.7% 51
No 7.3% 4

Additional Comments/Suggestions

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September 15, 2015, 12:23 PM
  • How do you prefer to learn about and access County history? Select all that apply.
    • Center for Local History at Central Library
    • The County's Historic Marker Program
    • Lectures on historical and local informational topics
    • Arlington Historical Society
    • Arlington County Government website
    • Other - Historical tours and events
  • Have you used the Center for Local History at Central Library? If so, what do you like about the collection? If not, why not?

    I have often used the so-called "Center for Local History at Central Library".

    Unfortunately, the "Center's" on-site collection is modest. The "Center" stores most of its really good stuff in an off-site warehouse. For example, the "Center" stores off-site the collection of General Burdette's books that the library unwisely removed from the Glencarlyn library. The public can no longer view these books, many of which are rare. This is extremely unfortunate, as it diminishes public interest and support for the County's public library system. The "Center" needs to place part or all of the Burdette collection on display, either in the Central Library or in the Glencarlyn Library.

    I like the collection of historical atlases and maps in the "Center". I also like the large historical aerial photos of Arlington that the "Center" has placed in a corner of its room, where few people see them. The "Center" needs to display these excellent and informative photos in a more prominent location, either inside the "Center" or elsewhere in the library.

    I also like the microfilm collections and the historical files in the library. I use these often.

  • Of the types of historic records listed below, which are of most interest to you? Select your top 5.
    • Historic photographs of buildings and locations around the county
    • Historic documents
    • Planning and development around the county
    • Planning and development around your neighborhood
    • Local newspaper archives
  • What types of photographs of historic events and eras in Arlington are of greatest interest to you?
    • Civil War
    • 19th Century
    • Early 20th Century
  • What types of documents from local organizations are of greatest interest to you?
    • Civic associations
    • Civic groups
  • To access community and government records, which method do you prefer?
    • Online and Print
  • Would you use a facility dedicated to local records access with free-to-use computers dedicated to community and government records access?
    • Yes
  • Should capturing and sharing Arlington’s history be a service provided by Arlington County Government?
    • Yes
  • Additional Comments/Suggestions

    I strenuously object to the renaming of the Virginia Room, as this so-called "Center" is no more than a single room within a larger library. Even worse, the new name is lengthy and difficult to remember. The renaming serves no useful purpose, except to create a pretentious title for a small room. The renaming is in itself historical, as it mirrors the excessive promotional activities of a local government whose preserved history pales in comparison to those of the District of Columbia and the City of Alexandria.

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