Thomas Balch Library Pathfinders are designed to introduce users to a selection of the library’s materials relating to a specific research topic. Materials identified span the variety of library’s holding and include reference works, monographs, journals, and special collections materials, such as manuscripts, visual collections, and oral histories. For additional resources, researchers are encouraged to consult the library’s online catalog, which it shares with the Loudoun County Public Libraries, Collection Guides for Archives and Manuscripts, and onsite indices to visual collections, maps, and newspapers.
- African-American History
- American Revolution
- Architecture & Historic Houses
- Civil War
- Leesburg 250th Anniversary Lecture Series Speakers suggest…
- Loudoun County
- Loudoun County 250th Anniversary Lecture Series Speakers suggest…
- Loudoun County Towns
- Virginia History
- Women’s History
- World War II
Some popular books in the collection of Thomas Balch Library were published or produced without indices or tables of contents, limiting their usefulness. Volunteers and staff have created indices of select items to facilitate research.
- Exploring Leesburg: Guide to History and Architecture, by Kathryn Gettings Smith, Evelyn D. Causey, Edna Johnston in consultation with Kristie Lalire. Leesburg, VA: Town of Leesburg, 2003. [V REF 975.528 SMI]
- The Guide to Loudoun: A Survey of the Architecture and History of a Virginia County, with Maps and 13 Walking Tours of Towns and Villages, by Eugene Scheel. Leesburg, VA: Potomac Press, 1975. [V REF 975.528 SCH]
- Hillsboro: Memories of a Mill Town, by the Hillsboro Bicentennial Committee. Berryville, VA: Virginia Book Co., 1976. [V REF 975.528 HIL]
- It’s Just a Way of Life: Reminiscing about the Family Farm, edited and compiled by Allison Weiss; photographs by Brad Shue. Sterling, VA: Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 2002. [V REF 975.528 ITS]
- Local Government in The Virginia Newsletter 1959-2012: Loudoun County and Leesburg related articles appearing in The Virginia News Letter.
- Loudoun Discovered: Five volumes are available for in-house use at the Thomas Balch Library (V REF 975.528 SCH) and check-out at many LCPL branches. The books can also be purchased at the Thomas Balch Library.
- Loudoun Harvest: Faces and Places, Past and Present, in Loudoun County, Virginia: A Collection of Stories and Photographs from the First Volume of the Metro Virginia News. Leesburg, VA: Carr Print and Pub. Co., 1973. [V REF 975.528 LOU]
- Memorials Concerning Several Ministers and Others, Deceased: Of the Religious Society of Friends, Within the Limits of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Baltimore: Published by order of the Yearly Meeting, Innes & Company, printers, 1875. [V Ref 289.6092 SOC]
- Middleburg and Nearby, by Vme Edom Smith. Middleburg, VA: Robert Dobson, 1999. [ V REF 975.528 SMI]
- The Middleburg Mystique: A Peek Inside the Gates of Middleburg, Virginia, by Vicky Moon. Sterling, VA: Capital Books, 2001. [V REF 975.528 MOO]
- Within the Iron Gates: A Collection of Stories About Loudoun as Remembered After Rereading the Loudoun Times-Mirror for the Years 1925-1975, by Frank Raflo. Leesburg, VA: printed by Loudoun Times-Mirror, 1988.
- Ye Meetg Hous Smal: A Short Account of Friends in Loudoun County, Virginia, 1732-1982, by Asa Moore Janney and Werner Janney. Lincoln, VA: [A.M. Janney?], 1980. [V REF 975.528 JAN]