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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

  • 42nd Parallel

    John Dos Passos Collection

    The Papers of John Dos Passos at the University of Virginia Library present a vivid chronicle of the author’s activities, thoughts and literary skills as he analyzed, reported on and criticized the turbulent events of the 20th century. Dos Passos, identifying with the leftist radical sympathies of the post-World War I period, experimented in expressing […]