Special Collections and Archives
Open to all researchers, Special Collections and Archives provides access to rare and valuable publications and primary source materials and offers research consultations, classes and curricular partnerships, community programs and collaborations and curated displays and online exhibits.
Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus collects primary source materials documenting the history of 20th and 21st century Richmond and central Virginia. The manuscript collections include the personal 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 its precedessor, the Richmond Professional Institute, are also housed at Cabell Library, in addition to nationally significant collections of book art and comic arts.
Special Collections and Archives at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus collects primary source materials documenting the health sciences and the health care professions in Virginia. The manuscript collections include the personal papers of Virginia nurses, physicians, dentists and others as well as the records of various professional organizations. The historical records of the MCV campus are also accessible at Tompkins-McCaw Library.
University Archives is a unit within the departments that acquires institutional records of administrative, legal, fiscal and historical value, including the records and publications in all formats generated by schools, departments, divisions, centers, programs, faculty, staff and students of VCU.
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