Special Collections and Archives
National Library of Medicine Exhibit
From patent medicines to addictive prescriptions, explore the medicinal history of legal and illegal drugs in the United States.
NLM Exhibit: Poison
2018 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award
Association of College and Research Libraries recognizes VCU Libraries with respected, national honor.
ACRL News Article
Diverse, representative materials join collection
Oral history project, book art and clinical practice tome honored as 3 millionth volume milestones.
Details and reserve seats
Meet Andrea Kohashi
New teaching librarian works with faculty to develop instruction using primary sources, book art and other rare materials.
Q&A with Andrea Kohashi
Sanger Historical Files (1859-1865)
Origins and early days of MCV seen in documents preserved by President Dr. William T. Sanger.
Sanger Historical Files
Kay Seidenberg Nursing Postcard Collection
American and European postcards depict history of the nursing profession.
MCV Portrait Gallery
Online presentation showcases historic medical campus portraits.
Explore the Gallery
James Branch Cabell: Man of Letters and Libraries
Online compendium celebrates Mr. Cabell's literary legacy.
Visit the Display
Want to get your hands on some intriguing and inspirational book art?
Take a class or make an appointment.
Open to all researchers, the Special Collections and Archives departments at James Branch Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences provide access to rare publications and primary source materials. Archivists and special collections librarians welcome requests for research consultations, classes, community programs and collaborative initiatives.
Collections at James Branch Cabell Library include book art, comic arts, manuscripts and rare books and periodicals.
Collections at Tompkins-McCaw Library include manuscripts, medical artifacts and rare books and periodicals.