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

Featured Collection

  • Printing, Calligraphy, Wood Engraving, and Book Illustration Collections

    The Special Collections Department’s noteworthy holdings in the history of books and printing, which now span the period from the very earliest printers’ manuals to those of the 20th century and include the productions of fine private presses as well, have been strengthened in recent years by the acquisitions of the collections of three artists […]

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