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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.

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Featured Collection

  • The Taylor Family Collection

    Throughout her life, Lillian Gary Taylor kept careful records of nearly everything—from her experiences traveling in Europe to her extensive collection of best-selling American fiction. Her various and diverse records include Memories, her five-volume autobiography; her Collecting Journals, in which she tracked her literary acquisitions; and her correspondence regarding her collection. These documents not only […]