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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

  • Charles Smith/Abstraction

    This exhibition features the work of the mid-century printmaker, painter, and commercial artist Charles Smith (1893–1987). Smith’s  innovative printing techniques were an essential part of his teaching at the University of Virginia, where he was the first chairman of the … Continued

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Featured Collection

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    The Holsinger Studio Collection

    The Holsinger Studio Collection constitutes a unique photographic record of life in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, from before the turn of the century through World War I. The collection consists of approximately 9,000 dry-plate glass negatives and 500 celluloid negatives from the commercial studio of Rufus W. Holsinger. Approximately two-thirds of the collection are […]