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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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  • The Kevin Barry and Kelly Scott Perdue Archive of Traditional Culture

    The Kevin Barry and Kelly Scott Perdue Archive of Traditional Culture at the University of Virginia was first established when Professor Charles L. Perdue began teaching here in September 1971. With the assistance of his wife, Nancy J. Martin-Perdue, numerous student papers, books, recordings, and other priceless items were acquisitioned into the Archive over the […]

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