Holiday Greetings!

For your viewing pleasure, here are a couple of fantastic finds from the Magruder Family Papers*, which are currently being arranged and described. See you in the New Year! *Edward May Magruder was a Charlottesville doctor who established a private … Continue reading

Encountering John Powell: Virginian, Musician, Eugenicist

This week, we are pleased to feature a guest post by Caroline Newcomb, 4th year student in the College of Arts and Sciences and Special Collections instruction assistant.  *** Most students at U.Va. never have the opportunity to enter the … Continue reading

ABCs of Special Collections: R is for

Are you ready for our last letter of the year?  We present you with the letter R is for the Richmond Theatre Fire William Dunlap in his A History Of The American Theatre (1832), described the Richmond theatre fire of … Continue reading

Patron’s choice: Eliza Keating’s letters to her publisher T. H. Lacy, Fall 1855

This week we are pleased to feature a guest post from U.Va. English Department doctoral candidate Ann Mazur. Ann contacted us earlier this year with a purchase request and we happily obliged. Here, she tells us how this purchase has … Continue reading

This Just In: Rotunda Redivivus

Right now U.Va.’s iconic Rotunda—the centerpiece of Thomas Jefferson’s “Academical Village” and the U.Va. Library’s original home—is undergoing a multi-year, $50 million restoration. These have been interesting times for sidewalk supervisors and armchair architects as the restoration work reveals hitherto … Continue reading

ABCs of Special Collections: Q is for…

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!  We welcome you back to our alphabetical series with selections from the letter Q is for Quadroon Special Collections has a fascinating array of the many works published on the plight of the … Continue reading