The department acquires, preserves and makes available to the VCU community and the public rare materials of enduring historic and research value, including manuscripts, personal papers, photograph collections, oral histories and various institutional records. Comprising multiple formats and spanning the 19th to the 21st centuries, these materials support research, discovery and creative works across subjects and disciplines.
Our department collects primary source materials documenting the health sciences and the health care professions in Virginia. Manuscript collections include the personal papers of Virginia nurses, physicians, dentists and other health care practitioners as well as the records of various professional organizations. Nursing is particularly well represented.
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.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are recommended.