Virginia Black History Archives
The Virginia Black History Archives (VBHA) Project attempts to help document the history of African Americans in the Richmond and central Virginia area. Begun in 1990, over 50 collections make up the VBHA. They include published and unpublished documents dating primarily from the 20th century. While most of these collections are housed in Special Collections and Archives, some were digitized in the early 1990s and are available either online or on CD-ROM. By providing access to previously unavailable materials, the VBHA Project hopes to provide insight to Virginia's diverse history.
Access the list of VBHA Collections which provides links to finding aids and online access to several digitized collections. Our latest online resources include Separate But Not Equal: Race, Education, and Prince Edward County, Virginia and The Virginia Civil Rights Movement Video Initiative-- streaming video of eleven oral histories of leaders of the Civil Rights movement in Virginia and the transcripts of those interviews.
We have a new site:
This online resource was created in 2009 as part of an ongoing initiative to help document the history of slavery in Richmond, Virginia. Its sponsors include the Richmond Slave Trail Commission, the public history program of VCU's Department of History and the Special Collections and Archives department of the VCU Libraries.
This site will function as a learning resource and will help identify images, print sources, manuscript collections, and other online resources related to the history of slavery in Richmond. This project is also intended to identify, acquire, and organize for public access the archives of the Richmond Slave Trail Commission.
For more information about the collections, or if you have any questions or comments, please email Special Collections and Archives.
The Virginia Civil Rights Movement