Four Festive Seasons: Kwanzaa

Four notable annual winter festivals with similar secular and religious origins often coincide in December. Today, we celebrate a comparatively new holiday, Kwanzaa (1966 A. D.)—or “First Fruits,” a week-long celebration of African and African-American cultural heritage. Alongside Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, … Continue reading

Four Festive Seasons: Christmas

Four notable annual winter festivals with similar secular and religious origins often coincide in December. Today, we celebrate Christmas (336 A. D.) which commemorates the Nativity of Christ and is probably the world’s most celebrated event. Alongside Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, … Continue reading

Four Festive Seasons: Winter Solstice

Four notable annual winter festivals with similar secular and religious origins often coincide in December. Today, we celebrate Winter Solstice (10,000 BCE), also known as Midwinter, has been observed by a variety of cultures throughout much of recorded history. Alongside … Continue reading

Four Festive Seasons: Happy Hanukkah!

Four notable annual winter festivals with similar secular and religious origins often coincide in December. Winter Solstice (10,000 BCE), also known as Midwinter, has been observed by a variety of cultures throughout much of recorded history. Hanukkah (165 BCE), the … Continue reading

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