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The 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, artists’ book, and typography).

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Find Materials

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

Current Exhibition

  • The University of Virginia in 100 Objects

    Featuring items from the permanent collections of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, the Rotunda, the Alumni Association, private collectors, and more, The University of Virginia in 100 Objects commemorates the University of Virginia’s Bicentennial. The one hundred artifacts … Continued

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Featured Collection

  • The William Faulkner Collection

    ******** Looking for our 2017 exhibition, Faulkner: Life and Works? Click here to learn more. ******** William Faulkner’s choice of a repository for the major manuscripts and personal papers in his possession at the time of his death was the University of Virginia. His stated wish was implemented by the creation of the William Faulkner […]