Central Library's Virginia Beach Sun archive goes back to 1935 on microfilm, in bound editions a
The Virginia Beach Sun has been read and enjoyed for almost a century and over those many decades has touched and affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions.
For most of its history, it was a weekly, hometown, community print publication and meant many different things to many different people. There's nothing quite like reading fair, honest local news and seeing your friends' and neighbors' pictures along side it.
That has not changed.
But newspapers, like people, and time, do change, progress and evolve, propelled by future hopes, dreams and ambitions. And much of that inspiration is, and was, chronicled in the Sun.
Catching up with the times, the Sun left behind its print format in 2017 to focus on its website.
However, for those precious locals, and out-of-town visitors, who remember the Sun in print and would like to enjoy it again and again, Virginia Beach's citywide network of public libraries has generously and graciously preserved to those memories as part of its special collections section, where back copies of the Sun are available to the public to review at the Central Library.
The following is a breakdown of what's available in the city's archive for the Sun and a brief historical overview:
1957 to 2001: Galley-bound editions are available for review by appointment with a librarian at the Central Library.
2012 to May 2017: Paper copies are available for review by appointment with a librarian.
June 2017 to present: Stories are archived internally on this site’s story carousel and always available.
Published from 1926 to 1951 as the Virginia Beach News, it was purchased in 1951 by Beach Publishing Corporation and merged with the Virginia Beach Sun, under the new title, Virginia Beach Sun-News. The Dec. 28, 1951 edition, published under the title, Virginia Beach Sun and Virginia Beach News, was published as Virginia Beach Sun-News from January 1952 until March 1965, when the title was changed back to Virginia Beach Sun. After that, Byerly Publications owned the Sun until 2001.
Out of circulation from 2002 to 2011, the weekly newspaper returned in 2012 as the Virginia Beach Sun, publishing every three weeks as a newspaper and for the first time was available free of charge and with a sister website.
About a year later, it became a monthly news and leisure magazine and website and in 2017 the magazine and website merged to become VBSunOnline.com and is still free to read.
Historical information courtesy of Mary Lovell Swetnam, special collections librarian, Virginia Beach Public Library, Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard. Reach the MEO Central Library at 757-385-0150.Visit https://www.facebook.com/VaBeachPublicLibrary/ or https://archive.org/details/virginiabeachpubliclibrary.Some additional information provided by VBSunOnline.com.
A Virginia Beach News front page from May 6, 1949.