Special Collections and Archives acquires, preserves and makes available to the public unique and rare materials of enduring historic and research value. This includes manuscripts, personal papers, photograph collections, oral histories and various institutional records. Comprising multiple formats and spanning the late 19th to the 21st centuries, these materials support research, discovery and creative works across subjects and disciplines.
- Richmond history, including businesses, civic associations and professional organizations
- Architectural history and urban planning
- African-American, women’s and LGBTQ community histories, social movements and activism
- Literary manuscripts related to authors born or living in Virginia
Since the department maintains a variety of files and indices of its collections, researchers and visitors are encouraged to consult with staff for information needs. Most – but not all – of these collections can be found through Virginia Heritage, a union database of holdings in cultural institutions across the Commonwealth, and VCU Libraries search.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (804) 828-1108.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are recommended.