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Special Collections and Archives Endowment

Open to all researchers, Special Collections and Archives provides access to primary-source materials. The department touches hundreds of students and researchers each year through research consultations, classes, curricular partnerships, community programs, collaborations and curated displays and exhibits. In addition, the elegant spaces within the suite, including the Reading Room and the Cabell Room, are popular for celebrations, receptions, lectures, special academic events (such as critiques and master’s-theses discussions), book talks and public presentations.

Special Collections and Archives on the Monroe Park Campus collects primary source materials documenting the history of 20th- and 21st-century Richmond and central Virginia. Manuscript collections include the papers of artists, writers, social activists and other prominent individuals, as well as the records of many community organizations. The historical records of VCU and one of its two predecessor institutions, the Richmond Professional Institute (RPI), also are housed in the Monroe Park Campus library, along with  nationally significant collections of book art and comic arts.

Space for storing, preserving and managing rare materials will expand. One important addition will be a digital-lab workspace for digitization of rare and unique materials, which expands the reputation and outreach of VCU Libraries as researchers worldwide discover our collections. In addition to these behind-the-curtain improvements, public spaces will be reconfigured. Gallery display space will become more prominent and engaging.

Gifts to this fund will support enhanced space and strategic acquisitions of critical materials. Collections focused on LGBT, women’s and African-American history and the artistic and creative communities in central Virginia are of growing interest to researchers and our curators.

This new Special Collections and Archives Endowment presents an engaging and important giving opportunity for people interested in those topics as well as the many other collection strengths of VCU Libraries. This fund also is recommended for alumni who want to help with the continued preservation of VCU historic materials through our University Archives program.

To learn more about these giving opportunities, please contact Kimberly Separ, director of development and community relations, at or (804) 827-1163.

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (866) 828-2665
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (866) 828-2665
(804) 828-0636

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