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Special Collections and Archives Staff

James Branch Cabell Library

Ray Bonis, Senior Research Associate or (804) 827-3575
Ray Bonis graduated from VCU in 1988 with a B.A. in Mass Communications and is pursuing a graduate degree in history. He has worked for VCU Libraries since 1989, and coordinates reference and other departmental activities. With a specialization in the history of Richmond and VCU, Bonis is the co-author of Virginia Commonwealth University (2006) and Greetings from Richmond (2009), an illustrated architectural history of the city using vintage postcards. He manages "The Shockoe Examiner," a blog on Richmond's past, and has additional interests in blues and rock music.

Wesley Chenault, Head or (804) 827-3576
Wesley Chenault, Ph.D., provides leadership for Special Collections and Archives at Cabell Library, including collections and programs development, staff mentorship and relationship-building with multiple and diverse stakeholders. His interests in archives, identity, memory and place take forms as diverse as collection development, exhibitions, temporary public art, teaching and traditional scholarship. Chenault holds a doctorate in American studies from the University of New Mexico, an M.A. in women’s studies from Georgia State University and a B.A. in psychology from Auburn University.  

Yuki Hibben, Assistant Head and Curator of Books and Art or (804) 828-8837
Yuki Hibben oversees development, outreach and instruction for Cabell Library’s special collections, including top-tier collections in the comic arts and book art. A regular instructor for VCU School of the Arts, her teaching and scholarly activities focus on contemporary artists’ publications and the use of archives by artists. Hibben holds an M.S. in library science from the Catholic University of America, an M.F.A. in sculpture from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and a B.A. in fine arts from the College of William and Mary. 

Cindy Jackson, Library Specialist for Comic Arts or (804) 827-3572
Cindy Jackson graduated from VCU in 2005 with an M.A. in English. Jackson manages one of the largest collections of comic arts in the country, which includes comic books, graphic novels, original art, fan publications and rare periodicals. She enjoys meeting with students and faculty to discuss their research projects and teaches a range of classes related to graphic narrative. 

Leila Prasertwaitaya, Library Specialist for the Arts or (804) 827-3573
Leila Prasertwaitaya holds an M.A. in art history from VCU. She manages the Book Art Collection, a comprenhensive range of contemporary artists' books, reference titles and exhibition catalogs. Prasertwaitaya provides course-integrated instruction and research consultations on book art, decorative arts and architectural history. 

Tompkins McCaw Library

Andrew Bain, Library Specialist or (804) 628-2255
Andrew Bain manages the Tompkins-McCaw Library's collection of health sciences artifacts and instruments, performing technical processing, collection care, photography, research and research assistance. He designs and curates physical and digital exhibitions of library materials. A 2005 graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in interdisciplinary social science and history, he is interested in the history of medicine, science, technology, public history and the interpretation of the past for a variety of audiences.

Margaret Turman Kidd, Project Archivist or (804) 828-3152
Margaret Turman Kidd received a B.A. in history from Emory & Henry College in 1998 and an M.A. in American history from the University of Richmond in 2007. She is working toward her M.S. in information sciences at the University of Tennessee. Kidd has been working with archival collections and rare books since 2005. Her interests include 19th century religious history (primarily Methodists), women’s history, Virginia history and the history of medicine.

Jodi Koste, University Archivist and Head or (804) 828-9898
Jodi Koste directs the University Archives program and manages Special Collections and Archives at the Tompkins-McCaw Library. She has written and made frequent presentations on the history of VCU and its predecessor institutions. Her other research interests include nursing history, Civil War medicine and archival education. Koste holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from Old Dominion University.

Contact Us

James Branch Cabell Library: or (804) 828-1108.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are recommended.

Tompkins-McCaw Library: or (804) 828-9898.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 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
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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