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VCU Libraries hosts a growing digital library collection: digital collections, which represent sets of digitized materials from VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives or partner community organizations; digital exhibits and projects, which tell stories using innovative technologies; and institutional repository materials, which represent the scholarly output of the VCU community. Collections decisions are prioritized following Digital Collections Development Guidelines.
Some digitized items are also available through our archival finding aids.
Community Digitization Program
Our Community Digitization Program seeks community partners interested in digitizing and exposing their special collections, archival records, photographs, publications, and other documents.
Digital exhibits and projects
- VCU Libraries Gallery features curated selections of rare materials held in VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives. Exhibits, which can educate and inspire further research and exploration, include:
- Making VCU, an overview of the university’s history
- Tom Robbins: An Imaginative Life, an homage to the author alumnus
- Virginia Nursing Hall of Fame, capturing the contributions of many to the profession
- Remembering Theresa Pollak, a compilation about the revered founder of VCUArts
- View all online exhibits
- The Social Welfare History Project seeks to help the public understand the history of social reform and social welfare services in American society in the 20th century.
- The Social Welfare History Image Portal gathers and makes available images from partner institutions nationwide.
- The Work of Newton Ancarrow, a companion exhibit to the Ancarrow Wildflower Digital Archive, offers insight about pioneering environmental activism and the James River.
- Mapping the Second Ku Klux Klan, 1915-1940, a digital map and timeline of the rise of the second Ku Klux Klan between 1915 and 1940.
- James Branch Cabell: Literary Life and Legacy, a digital project revealing the many facets of Cabell's intriguing biography, literary works, and impact
Institutional scholarship repository
VCU Scholars Compass is a publishing platform for the intellectual output of VCU’s academic, research, and administrative communities. Its goal is to provide wide and stable access to the exemplary work that is produced, submitted, or sponsored by VCU faculty, researchers, or staff, and demonstrates scholarly, educational, or research value.
Types of collections include:
- VCU theses and dissertations
- Journals and peer-reviewed series
- Conferences and events
- Departments and units