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Lee Walker, (804) 912-6121

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Worth the Wait — 62 Years of Virginia Wildlife Magazine Now Digitally Archived

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and the Library of Virginia are pleased to announce a joint partnership to digitize and make available 62 years of Virginia Wildlife magazines from January 1959 through December 2012. If you currently subscribe or have ever read a copy of the state's leading hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife magazine, you will know that Virginia Wildlife holds a wealth of information, historical facts, incredible photographs, maps, and some of the finest wild game and fish recipes to be found anywhere.

"We are pleased to offer to all Virginians who share our passion for healthy wildlife populations and their habitats the opportunity to look back at the Department's contributions in managing the state's wildlife and natural resources," said Bob Duncan, VDGIF Director.

This exciting project was made possible through the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative - a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions across the country. Through a partnership with the Internet Archive, all items were scanned from cover to cover and in full color. You can choose from a variety of formats, page through a magazine choosing the "read online" option, download PDFs, view on EPUB, Kindle, Daisy, DjVu, or search the full text version. To view the collections, simply visit or visit for a direct link.

"Providing access to unique content about Virginia is something we at the Library care deeply about," Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway commented. "There is nothing like the handsomely illustrated Virginia Wildlife available anywhere else, and we are thrilled that we could assist in making this rich resource easy for citizens to use in convenient digital format."

The Library of Virginia serves as both the state library and archives at the seat of government for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Established in 1823, the library maintains and provides access to vast and varied collections of print materials, manuscripts, archival records, newspapers, photographs and ephemera, maps and atlases, rare books, and fine art that tell the history of Virginia and its people. The library has chosen to digitize selected rare and Virginia specific items in an effort to make them more widely available, both through its own website and now through Internet Archive. The Library of Virginia is located one block from the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia. Click here for the Library of Virginia Homepage.

For more information about Virginia Wildlife magazine, visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at