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A close up of the grey boxes that VCU Libraries keeps the special collection manuscripts in.

Manuscripts Collections

Manuscripts Collection at James Branch Cabell Library

Cabell Collection Strengths

Cabell Library’s Special Collections and Archives acquires, preserves and provides access to primary source materials documenting the history of Richmond from the late 19th century to the present. Manuscript collections include the personal papers of activists, politicians, philanthropists, artists, and writers. Organizational records focus on social activism, civic engagement and urban development; the visual, literary, and performing arts; and associations advancing the rights of traditionally under-documented groups in the community. Materials documenting the experience and activities of the LGBTQ, African American, and women’s activist communities are particularly well represented.

Manuscripts Collection at Tompkins-McCaw Library

Tompkins-McCaw Collection Strengths 

The 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.

Suggestions for Researchers

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 ArchivesSpace-VCU Special Collections & Archives or VCU Libraries search. Researchers are also encourage to use  Virginia Heritage, a database of holdings in cultural institutions across the Commonwealth.  

Collections Guidelines »

Contact Us

Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library
libjbcsca@vcu.edu
or (804) 828-1108.
Hours: M - F, by appointment only.

Special Collections and Archives at Tompkins-McCaw Library
libtmlsca@vcu.edu
or (804) 828-9898.
Hours: M - F, by appointment only.