Independent Researchers

This list of researchers is offered as a service to those of our patrons who need research work beyond the limitations of our department. Each person on the list is basically familiar with our collections and their use, but we cannot assume responsibility for the work performed by them. All arrangements for research to be performed, fees paid, method of payment, etc. are strictly private between the patron and the researcher.

Researcher Experience and Areas of Specialization
James P. Ascher
English Department
University of Virginia, Bryan Hall 219
P.O. Box 400121
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4121
(434) 260-0681
jpa4q@virginia.edu
Experience in book history, bibliography, printing history and media studies. Nearly a decade as a rare book librarian, recipient of the Reese Fellowship in American Bibliography, lab instructor at Rare Book School, Vice-President of the American Printing History Association, and former conference chair for the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section. Publishing areas include bibliographical methods, contemporary art, diplomatic transcription, and collection surveys. Currently a doctoral student in English Literature. M.L.S, M.S.
Jean L. Cooper
3 Shortwood Circle
Palmyra, VA 22963
434-806-4150
eleanordew@gmail.com
Research in U.Va. history and in genealogy.
Margaret Downs Hrabe
PO Box 532
Irvington VA 22480
(540) 470-0487
mdhrabe@gmail.com
Retired after nearly twenty years as a reference coordinator in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Academic background in American history. In-depth familiarity with the American history, political, and literature collections in Special Collections as well as the University of Virginia Archives. Research services exclude genealogical research.
Michael D. Hill
10104 Terrace Court
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408
540-735-7564
michael644h@comcast.ne
Over twenty years research experience in U.S. archives and manuscript collections. Work has primarily focused on American historical biographies and historical narratives ranging from 18th-20th centuries. Projects have included biographies of John Adams, John Paul Jones, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Dwight Eisenhower and historical narratives of the year 1776, the Charles Wilkes Expedition, and the Roosevelt “Court-Packing” plan.
Barbara Vines Little
P.O. Box 1273
Orange, VA 22960
540-832-3473
bvlittle@earthlink.net
Over thirty years experience in genealogical and historical research, editor of the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, former president and current board member of the Virginia Genealogical Society, director of the National Genealogical Society, certified genealogist, M. Ed.
Roger Munsick
118 Ivy Drive, #11
Charlottesville, VA 22903
434/984-1955
rmunsick@convenantschool.org