Virginia Heritage Institutional Profiles
This list was generated in 2016/2017 via a survey form sent to all participating Virginia Heritage Institutions. Please note that no mailing address is listed when it is the same as the physical address.
Contacts last updated: 2021
Point of Contact:
Phone: (434) 296-1492
Physical Address: 200 Second Street, NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Primary Collection Area: Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville history
Description: The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society studies and preserves the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, and surrounding jurisdictions in Central Virginia. The Society collects and preserves manuscripts, printed materials and other physical objects pertaining to the history of the area.
Point of Contact: Patricia Walker, Branch Manager
Phone: (703) 746-1719
Physical Address: 717 Queen Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Primary Collecting Areas: Alexandria history, Virginia history, Genealogy, U.S. Civil War
Description: As one of the core research institutions in Alexandria, the Local History and Special Collections Branch (LHSC) is focused on documenting Alexandria from its colonial era to its modern life as a vibrant community of immigrants and cultural attractions.
Point of Contact:
Phone: (703) 228-5966
Physical Address: 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA 22201
Primary Collecting Areas: Materials in the Center's collections are a great resource for teachers, scholars, students, and anyone interested in the rich and vibrant history of Arlington County. Library patrons can find information on individuals, neighborhoods, events, and places in Arlington's past and present. Resources available to the public consist of both physical and digital materials; they include, but are not limited to:
Description: The Center for Local History's Community Archives at the Arlington Public Library collects and preserves materials that illustrate the history and culture of Arlington County. The Center's continually expanding collections house diverse and historically valuable materials from Arlington's residents, businesses, institutions, organizations, and local associations.
Point of Contact: Josh Howard
Phone: (540) 248-4151
Physical address: 20 S. New Street, Staunton, VA 24401
Primary Collecting Areas: Augusta County, Staunton, Waynesboro, Shenandoah Valley
Description: The Augusta County Historical Society, founded in 1965, is located in Staunton, Virginia, and is a repository, research center, and publisher of greater Augusta County history.
Point of Contact: Stephanie S. Gardner
Phone: (540) 828-8018
Physical Address: 402 E. College St.
Bridgewater, Va, 22812
Primary Collecting Areas: Bridgewater College, Church of the Brethren, Shenandoah Valley history
Description: Special Collections documents the history of Bridgewater College and supports the curriculum by providing access to primary, reference, and historical sources. Examples of our specialized collections include:
Point of Contact: Jessica Newell
Phone: (757) 457-7204
Physical Address:215 S. 67th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Primary Collecting Area:The records of Edgar Cayce and his family; the organizational records of the Association for Research and Enlightenment, Atlantic University, and the Edgar Cayce Foundation.
Description: During Edgar Cayce's lifetime, the records of his psychic readings were his personal property. After his death, they became the property of his sons, Hugh Lynn Cayce and Edgar Evans Cayce, and his secretary, Gladys Davis Turner. They were stored in the Cayce home and office.
In February 1948, the E.C.F. was chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia and provides permanent legal and physical custody of historical resources including:
Point of Contact: Heather Bollinger
Phone: (703) 246-4168
Physical Address: 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 1600
Fairfax, VA 22030
Primary Collecting Areas: Fairfax County, Alexandria, northern Virginia, genealogy, public records, court records, county records, U. S. Civil War, George Washington, George Mason
Description: The mission of the Fairfax Circuit Court Historic Records Center is to preserve and make available to the public the historic records of the Fairfax Circuit Court. Under §42.1-76 of the Code of Virginia (Virginia Public Records Act), public records created earlier than 1913 are considered historic and are to be maintained in perpetuity by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Fairfax Circuit Court Historic Records Center (HRC) holds court records documenting the societal and cultural changes in Fairfax County from its founding in 1742, through the colonial era, Civil War and Reconstruction, to the early 1900s.
Point of Contact: Chris Barbuschak
Phone: (703) 293-2142
Physical Address: City of Fairfax Regional Library
10360 North Street
Fairfax, VA 22030-2514
Primary Collecting Areas: Fairfax County, Virginia and Northern Virginia History
Description: The Virginia Room of Fairfax County Public Library houses a special collection of history and genealogy resources. Staff collect the historical record of the people, associations, events, and places of Fairfax County, Virginia.
Point of Contact: Brittney Falter
Phone: (703) 993-2220
Physical Address: 2400 Fenwick Library
Mailing Address: Special Collections Research Center
Fenwick Library MS2FL
George Mason University
Fairfax, Va. 22030
Primary Collecting Areas: SCRC collects materials related to George Mason University, Northern Virginia, performing arts, transportation and planning, and photography. SCRC collects oral histories pertaining to Northern Virginia; the Federal Theatre Project; Reston, Virginia; and George Mason University's history. It currently conducts an active oral history program.
Description: Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is the unit within the University Libraries charged with acquiring, documenting, preserving, and providing access to primary research collections and documents. SCRC also manages the non-current and archival records of George Mason University, is responsible for the preservation and access to the University's theses and dissertations, and undertakes, through its Oral History program, the creation of audiovisual documentary resources. SCRC services, collections, and programs support the teaching and research activities of George Mason University and also serve the community at large.
Point of Contact: Sarah E. Almond
Phone: (434) 223-7225
Physical Address: 257 Via Sacra, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
Mailing Address: Walter M. Bortz III Library
P.O. Box 7
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
Primary Collecting Areas: US History
Description: Hampden-Sydney College Archives & Special Collections contains a variety of primary source documents, photographs, blueprints, maps, rare books, and other one-of-a-kind materials reflective of the nearly 250 year history of the institution and its surroundings.
Point of Contact:
Phone: (540) 362-6237
Physical Address: Wyndham Robertson Library
7950 E. Campus Drive
Roanoke, VA 24020
Mailing Address: Wyndham Robertson Library, Dept. of
Roanoke, VA 24020
Primary Collecting Areas: University Archives, Hollins Authors Collection, Rare Books & Materials, Modern Manuscripts.
Description: The university archives collects materials created by Hollins University as well as materials related to its alumni, faculty, and board. Such records include but are not limited to: minutes, reports, correspondence, diaries, photographs, maps, textiles, scrapbooks, video & sound recordings, and artifacts. Materials date from the late 18th century to the present.
The Rare Books & Materials collection strengths are juvenile literature, English & American literature, incunabula, and book arts. Materials date from 2100 B.C. to the 21st century.
Point of Contact: Tiffany Cole
Phone: (540) 568-3444
Physical Address: Carrier Library Second Floor
Room 203, MSC 1704
James Madison University
880 Madison Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Primary Collecting Areas: JMU History, Local history, Shenandoah Living Archive, Shenandoah National Park Oral Histories, Pulp Fiction Collection, Artists' Book Collection, Juvenile Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Description: JMU Special Collections documents the central Shenandoah Valley region as well as the history of James Madison University. Special Collections includes strong collections of Pulp Fiction magazines, Artists' Books, and a Juvenile Literature collection created in support of JMU's history as a teacher's college. Special Collections collaborates with faculty, alumni, liaison librarians, and community members in identifying and collecting rare and historic materials for use in instruction and research.
Point of Contact: Douglas Mayo
Phone: (757) 565-8521
Physical Address: John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library
313 First Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Mailing Address: John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
PO Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776
Primary Collecting Areas: A. Lawrence Kocher Collection, Donald Streeter Collection, Francis, Nicholson Papers, John Norton and Sons Papers, Major-Marable Family Papers ,Richard Corbin Papers, Robert Anderson Papers, Singleton P. Moorehead Collection, William Blathwayt Papers, 18th century Williamsburg imprints, 18th century Virginia manuscripts, 18th century Music, Early trade manuals
British legislation regarding the American colonies, Visual works depicting Williamsburg
Description: The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library is dedicated to advancing knowledge of colonial British America, the American Revolution, the early United States, and the history of the Restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. Unique to the library is the body of research on the buildings, people, trades, and material culture of 18th-century Williamsburg.
Point of Contact: Archives Reference Services
Phone: (804) 692-3888
Physical Address: 800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Primary Collecting Areas: State and local government records
Private Papers, including family records, personal papers, business, and organizational records.
Prints & photographs, maps, architectural drawings & plans, state artwork, rare books.
Description: The Library of Virginia is one of the oldest agencies of Virginia government, founded in 1823 to preserve and provide access to the state's incomparable printed and manuscript holdings. Our collection, which has grown steadily through the years, is the most comprehensive resource in the world for the study of Virginia history, culture, and government.
Point of Contact: Reference services
Phone: (703) 780-3600
Physical Address: 3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy
Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121-8000
Primary Collecting Areas: George and Martha Washington, Mount Vernon, Founding Era and Early Republic, Historic preservation, Decorative arts, Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
Description: The Fred W. Smith National Library includes general collections, special collections and archives as a resource for scholars, students, and those interested in George Washington, colonial America and the Revolutionary and founding eras.
The library's general collections include secondary source materials on the Washington and Custis families, and the colonial and founding eras.
The Special Collections materials highlight the lives of George and Martha Washington as well as their descendants through correspondence, financial materials, and original books from George and Martha Washington's library.
The archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association holds the historic institutional records of the organization dating back to its founding in 1853.
Point of Contact: Jessica Ritchie
Phone: (757) 683-4483
Physical Address: 3023 Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library
Norfolk, VA 23529
Primary Collecting Areas: Key collecting areas include: 1. University Archives 2. Manuscripts --strengths in such subjects as the Civil War, Virginia politics, military history, local news & media, African-American history, Norfolk urban redevelopment, women's history, and local history. 3. Rare books and printed material: strengths include Virginia and Tidewater History, poetry and literature, military history, art books 4. Music special collections: strengths in contemporary/post-World War II composers and historical recordings.
Description: The goal of Special Collections and University Archives is to preserve and make accessible collections and records of historical importance to the university, region, state, and nation. The department functions as a "learning lab" where students, faculty, and researchers can create and explore original ideas through engagement with our unique collections.
Point of Contact: Aaron Spelbring
Phone: (540) 831-5692
Physical Address: Radford University
801 E. Main St.
Radford, VA 24142
Mailing Address: PO Box 6881
Radford, VA 24142
Primary Collecting Areas: Institutional Archives, Appalachian Collections, Regional History Collections
Description: The McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections supports the teaching, research and public service missions of McConnell Library by collecting, preserving, organizing, and making accessible unique primary source materials that document the history of Radford University, Southwest Virginia, and Appalachia.
Point of Contact: Laurie Preston
Phone: (804) 752-4718
Physical Address: 305 Henry Street
Ashland, VA 23005
Mailing Address: McGraw-Page Library
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, VA 23005-5505
Primary Collecting Areas: History of Randolph-Macon College and Methodist educational institutions in Virginia; Methodism in Virginia and the South; Casanoviana; local and regional history
Description: The Flavia Reed Owen Special Collections and Archives in the McGraw‐Page Library at Randolph‐Macon College houses significant historical and literary collections that include the history of the oldest chartered Methodist college as well as the history of the Methodist church in Virginia; one of the largest collections of Casanova in the world; the local newspaper photo archive and other local history
materials; a collection of rare volumes pertaining to the Intellectual Life of the Colonial South; and World War I codebreaking and ciphering materials.
Point of Contact: Troy Valos, Special Collections Librarian
Phone: (757) 431-7429
Physical Address: 235 East Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Primary Collecting Areas: Hampton Roads regional archives and special collections specializing in local history and genealogy
Description: The establishment of the Sargeant Memorial Collection (SMC) began in 1927 with only a small assortment of books and historical papers collected by William H. Sargeant, the first Librarian to be hired by the City of Norfolk in 1897. He felt very strongly that Norfolk should have a history collection devoted to her history and her people. The SMC has moved well beyond Sargeant's vision of a collection of newspapers and city directories to transform into a respected regional archives and special collections of more than 24,000 books, 10,500 microforms, 150,000 photographs, and 2,500 linear feet of archives and manuscript collections. The non-circulating collection includes a variety of books and periodicals covering genealogical topics and local history, as well as maps, photographs, high school yearbooks, and city directories for the Hampton Roads region. Nearly 200 years of local and regional newspapers are available on microfilm. The archives and manuscript collections include local organizational records, family papers, and business records. The SMC's genealogy collection encompasses Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and neighboring states, with books, microfilm, and online databases to assist in family research. Today, the Sargeant Memorial Collection is one of Virginia's finest local history and genealogy collections
Point of Contact: Zachary Hottel
Phone: (540) 984-8200
Physical Address: 514 Stoney Creek Blvd.
Edinburg, VA 22824
Primary Collecting Areas: Shenandoah County and the Shenandoah Valley
Description: The Shenandoah County Library’s Truban Archives is committed to collecting, preserving, and interpreting resources related to the culture, history, and life of Shenandoah County. To fulfill this mission we maintain a large collection of primary sources related to the county and surrounding areas.
Point of Contact: Lorna M. Loring or Rebecca Ebert
Phone: (540) 662-9041 ext. 17
Physical Address: 100 W. Piccadilly Street
Winchester VA 22601
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 58
Primary Collecting Areas: History of City of Winchester, Frederick County, and Clarke County, Virginia
Description: The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives is a specialized local history and genealogy collection located in Winchester, Virginia. It is jointly operated by Handley Regional Library and Winchester Frederick County Historical Society.
Point of Contact: Alexandra S. Gressitt
Phone: (703) 737-7195
Physical Address: Thomas Balch Library
208 W Market St
Leesburg, VA 20176-2709
Primary Collecting Areas: One of the library’s missions is collecting and preserving printed, manuscript, photographic, cartographic and genealogical documentation of Leesburg, Loudoun County and the surrounding region. The library actively seeks and welcomes donations of original business records, diaries, correspondence and photographs documenting life, culture, and history of Leesburg and Loudoun County. Library collections include over thirty-two thousand books and periodicals, maps, visual collections, newspapers, government records, and manuscripts. The library offers lectures on history and genealogy, classes, and exhibits. Group tours and orientations are available on request and books about local history are available for purchase on-site. Please contact us to find out more about donating to the library, joining our mailing list, or scheduling a tour.
Description: Thomas Balch Library is a history and genealogy library owned and operated by the Town of Leesburg. Collections focus on Loudoun County, regional and Virginia history, genealogy, military history with special emphasis on the American Civil War, and ethnic history. It is designated as an Underground Railroad research site.
Thomas Balch Library has a wide variety of traditional and electronic resources to aid researchers, including many unique materials. Our collections include bible records, books, broadsides, business records, cemetery records, census records, county and city government records, deeds and wills, electronic journals and databases, genealogical notes and charts, historic house files, magazines, maps, newspapers, oral histories, organization records, paintings, personal papers, photographs, postcards, posters, rare books, and more.
Point of Contact: Susan Lawlor
Phone: (757) 825-3530
Physical Address: 99 Thomas Nelson Drive
Hampton, VA 23666
Primary Collecting Areas: Institutional records
Description: The Thomas Nelson Community College Archives is the official repository of records and materials of historical significance or continuing value for the Thomas Nelson Community College Community and the guide to its past. Institutional records of historical significance or continuing value will be retained and preserved to document the history and development of the College from its inception to the present day. The aim is to develop an authentic collection of historical materials on all aspects of the College’s significance and impact on its community.
Point of Contact: Carolyn S. Parsons
Phone: (540) 654-1752
Physical Address: Special Collections and University Archives
Simpson Library, University of Mary Washington
1801 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
Primary Collecting Areas: The history of the University of Mary Washington
James L. Farmer, Jr., Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), and the early Civil Rights movement
Education of K-12 teachers in Virginia
Description: Special Collections and University Archives collects and makes accessible the history of the University of Mary Washington, serving as the repository for materials from all departments and divisions of the University. Key collections include those of James L. Farmer, Jr., one of the foremost leaders in the Civil Rights movement, and materials related to the early education of teachers in Virginia. The unit also includes a rare books collection of over 1,500 volumes dating from the 16th century to the present and a large collection of WWI posters.
Point of Contact: Lynda Kachurek
Phone: (804) 289-8458
Physical Address: Boatwright Memorial Library
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
Primary Collecting Areas: The University of Richmond's collections are eclectic and wide-ranging, but areas of particular strength include: Richmond and Virginia history; the Civil War; historic children's literature, civil rights, and the history of the book. Also included are collections related to the history of the University of Richmond, including student, faculty, staff, and alumni materials.
Description: The University of Richmond's collections are eclectic and wide-ranging, but areas of particular strength include: Richmond and Virginia history; the Civil War; historic children's literature, civil rights, and the history of the book. Also included are collections related to the history of the University of Richmond, including student, faculty, staff, and alumni materials.
Point of Contact: Dan Cavanaugh
Phone: (434) 924-0052
Physical Address: 1350 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Mailing Address: 1350 Jefferson Park Avenue
P.O. Box 800722
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Primary Collecting Areas: History of the University of Virginia Health System, Health Sciences in Virginia and the U.S. South, Anatomy, Yellow Fever, and Public Health
Description: The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library is home to the University of Virginia's collection of rare and unique resources documenting the history of the health sciences.
Point of Contact: Brenda Gunn
Phone: (434) 924-4967
Physical Address: 160 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, VA. 22904
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 400110
Charlottesville, VA, 22904-4110
Primary Collecting Areas: American literature, antiquarian and contemporary,
American history (Southeastern United States), Virginiana, British literature, Sporting books and manuscripts, World War I, Bibliography, the book arts, history of the book and typography
Fine press and artist’s books, Pop-up books, Victorian publishers bindings, Typography, Archives of the University of Virginia
Description: The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library administers over 13 million manuscripts, 3.6 million items in the University archives, and 325,000 rare books, as well as approximately 5,000 maps, over 4,000 broadsides; more than 250,000 photographs and small prints; over 8,000 reels of microfilm; and substantial holdings of audio recordings, motion picture films, and ephemera.
The major emphasis of the Department’s collections are American history and literature, with additional substantive collections in Virginiana, British literature, African-American history, book arts, the history of sporting and World War I, among others. In addition, the library serves as the University Archives, holding records of historic significance to UVA.
Point of Contact: Cecilia Brown
Phone: (434) 924-3023
Physical Address: 580 Massie Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Primary Collecting Areas: Law
Description: Special Collections maintains over 80 manuscript collections on the history of legal thought and legal practice. Our collections are particularly strong in American legal history since 1700 featuring collections of papers from Judges and local law practices. Additionally, our holdings also include large international collections, ranging from 17th-century Italian wills to papers of the United Nation.
Point of Contact: Jodi Koste
Phone: (804) 828-9898
Physical Address: VCU Health Sciences Library
509 North 12th Street
Richmond, VA 23298
Mailing Address: Health Sciences Library
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Primary Collecting Areas: History of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and allied health fields with a focus on Virginia
Description: Special Collections and Archives collects primary source materials documenting the health sciences and the health care professions in Virginia. Manuscript collections include the personal papers of Virginia nurses, physicians, dentists, and other health care practitioners as well as the records of various professional organizations. Nursing is particularly well represented. The department also holds the historical records for the Medical Department of Hampden-Sydney College, Medical College of Virginia, and the University College of Medicine as well as the archives for the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Point of Contact: Yuki Hibben
Phone: (804) 828-1108
Physical Address: 901 Park Avenue
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Mailing Address: Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Primary Collecting Areas: book art, comic arts, university archives, and 20th and 21st century Richmond and Central Virginia history, including African-American, gay and lesbian, and women's activist communities; the visual, literary, and performing arts; and architecture and urban planning
Description: Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library collects rare and unique research materials documenting 20th and 21st century Richmond and Central Virginia. Our holdings include manuscripts, personal papers, photograph collections, oral histories, and various institutional records. Books and other published materials include nationally significant special collections of book art and comic arts; rare books and periodicals; late 19th and early 20th-century architecture and decorative arts; and Richmond history, imprints, literature and serial publications from the late 20th century to the present. The historical records of VCU and its Monroe Park Campus predecessor, the Richmond Professional Institute, are found here as well.
Point of Contact: Laura Stoner
Phone: (804) 340-2281
Physical Address: 428 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, Va. 23220
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7311, Richmond, Va. 23221-0311
Primary Collecting Areas: The Virginia Historical Society collects the history of Virginians.
Description: The VHS collections consist of a wide range of objects, including books and bound serials, Confederate imprints, sheet music, broadsides, newspapers, family and personal papers, business and organizational records, genealogical materials, maps, paintings, prints, postcards, weapons, militaria, glass plate negatives, and photographs from the nineteenth century to the present.
Point of Contact: Jeffrey S. Kozak
Phone: (540) 464-7516
Physical Address: Preston Library
345 Letcher Ave.
Lexington, VA 24450
Primary Collecting Areas: Military history, Civil War, Shenandoah Valley history, Stonewall Jackson Papers, genealogy
Description: The VMI Archives include significant manuscript and Institute records holdings, with a focus on military history and the Civil War. Our extensive digital archives allow for easy online access to many of our collections.
Point of Contact: Courtney Tkacz
Phone: (804) 340-1497
Physical Address: VMFA Archives
Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
200 N Arthur Ashe BlvdRichmond, VA 23220
Primary Collecting Areas: VMFA institutional records, Donor papers, Virginia Artists Archives, Oral histories, Artist subject files, Analog, and digital audiovisual collections
Description: The Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library provides access to a wealth of rare and unique primary source materials for scholars, researchers, and the public.
The Archives consists of a diverse and growing collection of permanent materials, covering museum history from its beginnings in the 1930s until today. The Archives includes institutional records from over 25 museum departments, thousands of artist and subject files, as well as donated collections related to the museum and the history of art in Virginia. The Archives also recently launched the Virginia Artists Archives, a collecting initiative that aims to create a rich, diverse, and unprecedented collection of Virginia artists’ papers to increase awareness about the contributions of Virginia artists, both past and present.
Point of Contact: Dyron Knick
Phone: (540) 853-2073
Physical Address: 706 S. Jefferson St. Roanoke, VA 24016
Primary Collecting Areas: Genealogy and local history
Description: The Virginia Room holds Roanoke Public Library's non-circulating historical and genealogical research resources. The Virginia Room collects materials of the Roanoke Valley and the Commonwealth of Virginia and to a lesser degree, materials of states which are closely tied to Virginia and its people by birth, immigration, migration or by boundary divisions.
Point of Contact: Ashley Vavra, Librarian-Archivist
Phone: (804) 225-2739
Physical Address: 100 N. 9th St., Supreme Court Building
Primary Collecting Areas: Virginia appellate court history.
Description: Papers of selected justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia, 1970-2011;
records, photographs, sound and video recordings documenting the administrative history of the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia, 1925-present; video recordings of oral histories of retired judges,justices, lawyers, and court staff, 2007-present.
Point of Contact: Elsie S. Weatherington
Phone: (804) 524-6811
Physical Address: 1 Hayden Drive, Petersburg, VA 23806
Primary Collecting Areas: African American History in Virginia and African American Education
Description: The Virginia State University (VSU) Special Collections and Archives holds information on African American history in Virginia on the subject(s) of the Arts and women’s organizations, literature, agriculture as well as the premier primary sources that chronicle African American education in Virginia from the founding of the University 1882, to the 1960s. Worth mentioning are the Virginia Teachers Association Papers, an organization of African American teachers established in 1887 in Lynchburg VA and managed on the campus of VSU; the Virginia Interscholastic Association Papers, 1954-1969, an association of African American high school records of more than 100 schools representing a student population of over forty thousand; the Prince Edward Free School Papers chronicles the period in Prince Edward County when the public school system was closed and efforts of the Black community to educate African American students through that period; the Archie Richardson Papers which contains photographs of African American rural school houses during the 1930s.
Point of Contact: Special Collections (Kira Dietz)
Phone: (540) 231-6308
Physical Address: Special Collections, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Primary Collecting Areas: Local/regional history (Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Southwest Virginia, and Appalachian South); the American Civil War; Science and technology history (incl. aerospace, aeronautics, engineering, and speculative fiction); History of women in architecture (incl. the International Archive of Women in Architecture); Culinary history (incl. Virginia and southern cookery, children’s cookbooks and nutrition, food production and technology, and cocktail history); University Archives
Description: Special Collections is located in Carol M. Newman Library at Virginia Tech. Special Collections includes manuscript collections, rare books, and the University Archives, as well as state, local and historical maps and photographs. Our mission is to collect and preserve unique, historical materials and provide access to them in their original form.
Point of Contact: Selicia Allen
Phone: (804) 278-4117
Physical Address: L. Douglas Wilder Library
Virginia Union University
1500 N. Lombardy Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Primary Collecting Areas: The Archives collects historical records of the campus, and the Special Collections endeavors to collect the history of African American Richmond. The Archives and special collections houses the personal papers of L. Douglas Wilder, Virginia's 66th Governor (1990-1994) and first elected African American governor in the United States.
Description: We are proud of our history as one of the nation's older historically black colleges (HBCUs), founded in 1865. Our library was formerly the William J. Clark Library located in the historic landmark Belgian Friendship Building given to the University by the government of Belgium in 1941.
In 1997 we relocated to a new facility on campus named after Virginia Union's most celebrated alumnus: L. Douglas Wilder, humanitarian, civil rights leader and the first elected African-American governor (1990-1994) in the nation. The library houses The Wilder Collection which is a very popular national and international attraction.
Point of Contact: Tom Camden
Phone: (540) 458-8649
Physical Address: James G. Leyburn Library
Washington and Lee University
204 W. Washington St.
Lexington, VA 24450
Primary Collecting Areas: American and Virginia history, regional genealogy, history of propaganda, Southern literature, theater, local and regional portraiture, landscapes and architecture, late 19th-century travel
Description: The Washington and Lee University Special Collections and Archives Department houses over 1,000 unique manuscripts collections including those of the Rockbridge Historical Society, The American Shakespeare Center, and the Mountain Valley Preservation Association. These collections vary greatly in size, format, and scope. Subjects covered within the collections are diverse and include concentrations in American and Virginia history, regional genealogy, history of propaganda, Southern literature, and theater.
It also houses over 10,000 photographs and prints. Beyond our photograph and print collections, which include scrapbooks, images can also be found within the manuscript collections and University Archives described above. Our photographic holdings vary greatly in size and include numerous formats representative of the evolution of the photographic process. Strengths are local and regional portraiture, landscapes and architecture, W&L University history, including athletics, and late 19th-century travel.
Point of Contact: Jennifer V. Mitchell
Phone: (540) 458-8969
Physical Address: 1004 Sydney Lewis Hall
Washington and Lee University
Mailing Address: Washington and Lee University
School of Law
1 Denny Circle
Lexington, VA 24450
Primary Collecting Areas: United States law, Virginia law
Description: The Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives comprises the Papers of Lewis F. Powell, Jr., other manuscript collections held by the law library, the rare book collection, and the archives of the School of Law. Areas of collecting emphasis include United States law, Virginia law and faculty and alumni of Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Point of Contact: Lori Hostuttler
Phone: (304) 293-3536
Physical Address: 1549 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26506
Mailing Address: PO Box 6069, Morgantown, WV 26506
Primary Collecting Area: West Virginia and Appalachia History and Culture
Description: The West Virginia & Regional History Center preserves and provides access to the records that document the history and culture of the state and the central Appalachian region. The Center is part of West Virginia University Libraries.
Point of Contact: Special Collections Research Center
Phone: (757) 221-3090
Physical Address: Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library
400 Landrum Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Mailing Address: Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Primary Collecting Areas: Williamsburg and surrounding area Virginia; Southern United States; African American life and culture; Hip Hop History; Movies and film studies; Travel, exploration, and adventure;
Veterans papers; Distinguished alumni papers; College of William & Mary; Dogs
Description: The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) houses one of the largest and most significant collections of rare and unique materials of any educational institution of comparable size in the United States. Focused on Virginia history but with nationally and internationally-important collections, the Manuscripts Collection includes letters, diaries, journals, scrapbooks, business records, organizational minutes, and other items that provide evidence of events great and small and the daily lives of Americans of all backgrounds. The Rare Books Collection, with volumes dating from the 15th century to the present, is strong in dogs, Virginia-related items, early Virginia family libraries, gardening and natural history, religion, book arts, printing history, travel, science, and medicine. The University Archives documents the history of William & Mary from 1693 to the present, including a wide range of materials from administrative records, student organization records, and alumni papers to photographs, audio-visual materials, and artifacts.
Point of Contact: Linda K. Tesar
Phone: (757) 221-3244
Physical Address: Wolf Law Library
College of William & Mary
613 S. Henry St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Mailing Address: Wolf Law Library
College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Primary Collecting Areas: William & Mary Law School documents and publications; Virginia legal materials; rare books and documents related to George Wythe and his library
Description: From the first printed edition of the earliest English law treatise to presentation volumes inscribed by some of the greatest legal scholars of the twentieth century, the Wolf Law Library's Special Collections includes the Institutes of Justinian, foundational works of the American judicial system, and a re-creation of the library of George Wythe, America's first law professor. It encompasses a broad range of formats, including a pleading prepared and signed by Wythe in 1746, a piece of the "Charter Oak", and the family Bible of Chief Justice John Marshall.
Note: The following institutions did not provide a profile. The information listed was collected from their websites, if available.
Point of Contact: Patrick Wasley
Phone: (434) 791-5695
Physical Address: 344 West Main St.
Danville, VA 24541
Point of Contact: Benedict Chatelain
Phone: (434) 395-2448
Physical Address: Redford St.
Farmville, VA 23909
Phone: (540) 382-5760
Physical Address: Montgomery County Circuit Court
55 East Main Street, Suite 1
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Point of Contact: Linda Miller
Phone: (540) 375-2490
Physical Address: Fintel Library
220 High Street
Salem, VA 24153-3794
Phone: (276) 228-6061
Physical Address: 115 West Spiller Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
Point of Contact: George Mattis or William A. “Bill” Veselik