Welcome to the blog of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia. With contributions from staff, faculty, students, and visiting researchers, “Notes from Under Grounds” offers glimpses into all aspects of Special Collections here at U.Va.: new acquisitions, instruction, little-known collections, staff projects, exhibitions, special events, and more.
Posts are managed by three staff members: curator David Whitesell shares fresh acquisitions, head of instruction and outreach Petrina Jackson covers visiting courses and student engagement, and curator Molly Schwartzburg fills in the gaps with posts about just about everything else. Please contact us if you would like to write a post, if there’s a subject you want us to cover, or if you’d like to offer general feedback on this blog. Get alerts of new blog posts by subscribing on the blog home page.
If you’re wondering about our blog title, Special Collections is located one floor underground–and here at U.Va., we refer to our campus as “Grounds,” following the practice of Thomas Jefferson.
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If you’re wondering about the images that appear in the blog’s header, they all come from items in our collections that have been fully digitized and placed online for public use. All are in the public domain. One of five different headers appears at random each time you visit the blog. To see others, simply refresh the page.
- Binding detail: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:770690/view?&page=uva-lib:1063942
- Deer: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:1003937/view?&page=uva-lib:971294
- Blue map: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:1003538/view?&page=uva-lib:903093
- Phyllis Wheatley portrait: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:838334/view?&page=uva-lib:1009335
- Map of Copenhagen: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:1004192/view
- Musical score: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:1132744/view
- Palladio portrait: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:606288/view?&page=uva-lib:1206081
- Jefferson’s handwriting: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:1229352/view?&page=uva-lib:1308640
- Owl: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:798071/view?&page=uva-lib:823654
- Plants: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:1002932/page_turner
- Ship: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:727398/view?&page=uva-lib:948144
- Dog: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:1002939/view?&page=uva-lib:872258
- Uncle Tom Playbill: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:770519/view?&page=uva-lib:957750
- U.Va. Academical Village: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:727480/view?&page=uva-lib:976551
- Marbled paper: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:730705/view?&page=uva-lib:735380