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Need to access the website of Governor Ralph S. Northam (2018-2022), which was taken down at the end of this term? The Library of Virginia can help.

The Governor Ralph Northam Administration Web Archive, 2018-2022, contains archived versions of the websites of the governor, cabinet, gubernatorial initiatives, lieutenant governor, and attorney general as well as snapshots of their Twitter feeds and YouTube videos. These sites are preserved as part of the Library of Virginia’s web archiving program.

The Northam Administration web archive enables researchers to access Governor Northam’s executive orders and directives, press releases, proclamations, flag orders, and initiatives. Governor Northam’s COVID-19 actions and programs are well-documented. The collection includes a large number of archived YouTube videos including Governor Northam’s COVID-19 briefings; meetings of the Virginia Coastal Resilience Technical Advisory Committee, Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law, and Marijuana Legalization Work Group; the removal of the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond, Virginia; and a variety of public events attended by the governor and his cabinet.

The collection also contains the websites and Twitter feeds of Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring.

Since 2005, the Library’s web archiving program has captured websites of enduring cultural value, especially those created and maintained by Virginia state government. The collection includes the websites of the administrations of Governor Mark Warner (2002-2006), Tim Kaine (2006-2010), Robert McDonnell (2010-2014), and Terry McAuliffe (2014-2018) as well as Virginia state agency sites.

We have also expanded into topics of Virginia interest such as the 2006 U.S. Senate race between George Allen and Jim Webb and the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy. We are already archiving the websites of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s administration.

Researchers can access the Virginia web archive through the Library’s Archive-It page or Virginia Memory.

-Roger Christman, Senior State Records Archivist

Roger Christman

Senior State Records Archivist

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