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Special Collections and Archives Staff

James Branch Cabell Library

Ray Bonis, Senior Research Associate or (804) 827-3575
Ray Bonis is a 1988 graduate of VCU. He has worked in the department since 1992. He coordinates reference and other departmental activities.

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, a 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 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, the 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 a 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. 

Jessica Johnson, Processing Archivist or (804) 628-2548
Jessica Johnson processes archival and manuscript collections. Her areas of interest include material culture, public history and women's history. She holds an M.S. in information science and an M.S. in history from the University of Albany, SUNY and a B.A. in history from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Laura Muskavitch, Library Specialist for Reference and Processing or (804) 828-2579
Laura Muskavitch provides research and reference services and assists with the processing and description of manuscript collections. Her research interests include public history, social history and the history of colonialism. Muskavitch holds an M. A. in history and a certificate in museum studies from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in history and international relations from the College of William and Mary.

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 processes collections, creating exhibits and providing reference assistance. Her research interests include the history of Virginia, medicine, women and religion (primarily Methodists). Kidd holds a M.S. in American history from the University of Richmond, a M.S. in information science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a B.A. in history from Emory & Henry College.

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 the M.A. and the B.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
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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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