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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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  • Selected Music Materials

    Published Music Mackay-Smith Collection of European Music, 1650-1910: Presented to U.Va. in 1946, includes complete runs of what at that time constituted the major musicological journals, reference works, bibliographies, printed library catalogs, monographs, and scores. The collection’s greatest strength is in contemporary editions of 18th-century instrumental music, particularly chamber music (trio sonatas). Musical selection corresponds […]

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