Small Special Collections Library: Re-Opening Update

For the safety of our community, the Small Special Collections Library will be re-opening on Tuesday, September 8 with the following precautions in place:  Our building and reading room is open only by appointment to UVA ID holders. Our exhibitions … Continue reading

Documenting the pandemic: how to donate Covid-19 related materials to the University Archives

During these trying times, a great many faculty have come forward with the idea of students documenting their lives during the pandemic. Here at the Small Special Collections Library, we welcome all donations of these materials. To guide you through … Continue reading

Signed with a Kiss: Linnie’s Love Letters to Guy, 1944-1945

This week, we are pleased to share a guest post from archival processor Ellen Welch, who, from time to time, shares her processing discoveries with colleagues over email. Posting on the blog for the first time, Ellen shares a collection … Continue reading

McGregor Grant Project Concludes

On November 5 high-resolution scans of John Lawson’s A New Voyage to Carolina (London, 1709) were added to the U.Va. Library’s digital repository and made publicly accessible through Virgo, the Library’s online catalog. This brought to a successful close our … Continue reading

On View Now: What Lies Beneath (Visit if you dare…)

Curated by the Small Library’s Reference Team, What Lies Beneath: The Macabre and Spooktacular of Special Collections, takes a deeper dive into the catacombs of UVA’s archival netherworld. Leaving no page unturned nor manuscript box unopened, curators Anne Causey, Regina … Continue reading

Now Live: The New Special Collections Request System!

Today, the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library is launching a new online request and material circulation system. The Special Collections Request System is an automated request and workflow management software specifically designed for special collections libraries and archives. … Continue reading

Coming Soon: A New Special Collections Request System!

New flexibility. New look. New procedures. On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library will launch a new online request and material circulation system. The Special Collections Request System is an automated request and workflow … Continue reading

New Exhibition: Jefferson’s Unbuilt Plan for a University Botanical Garden

Our library neighbors—Alderman Library and Clemons Library—were built into the side of a hill sloping down to a sunken grassy area known as Nameless Field. When not too swampy to traverse, Nameless Field is home to the occasional soccer game … Continue reading

Introducing the Archiving Student Life for the Third Century Project and Workshop

This week we are pleased to welcome a guest post by Jacob Shaw, who is a third year majoring in Economics and Sociology. I am one of the two archives project assistants for the Archiving Student Life for the Third … Continue reading

Samuel V. Lemley Wins the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest

On Friday, October 19, bibliophiles from around the nation gathered at the Library of Congress for the presentation of the 2018 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest awards. Established in 2005 to recognize bibliophilic excellence among American college and university students, … Continue reading