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Manuscripts

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.

Collection Strengths

  • 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.

Contact Special Collections and Archives at Cabell Library

E-mail libjbcsca@vcu.edu or call (804) 828-1108.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are recommended.

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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(804) 828-0636

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