Exterior of Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections LibraryThe Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library holds more than 16 million objects including manuscripts, archival records, rare books, maps, broadsides, photographs, audio and video recordings and more. Collections are particularly strong in American and British literature, the history of Virginia and the southeastern United States, the history and archives of the University of Virginia, sporting books and manuscripts, World War I, bibliography and book arts (including fine press books, pop-up books, and typography).

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Search finding aids (more in-depth guides to many of our archival collections) in the Virginia Heritage database.

Current Exhibition

  • American Broadsides to 1860

    “American Broadsides to 1860” features a selection of broadsides—single-sheet publications typically printed on a single side—culled from the holdings of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. These rare and ephemeral primary sources cover matters political, religious, social, commercial, militaristic, … Continued

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Featured Collection

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    Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection

    Albert H. Small is a real-estate developer in Bethesda, Maryland who earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1948. The Declaration of Independence Collection is the most comprehensive in the world about the document. Small pledged his entire collection to the University, where selected items are now on display in […]