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Primary Source Research in Special Collections and Archives


Please note, due to COVID-19, we are requiring all patrons to schedule appointments to visit. Please contact us at or (804)828-1108 if you would like to schedule an appointment. Please visit VCU Libraries COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information.

How to Request Materials

Though not required, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment to visit by emailing or calling (804) 828-1108.

If you have identified materials in VCU Libraries search you would like to see in Special Collections, please note the item's title, author or creator, and the call number or location number. The call number and location number can be found on the "Available At" line in the catalog record.

If you have identified archival material you are interested in seeing, please not the collection name, identifier number (formatted as M### at the top of the collection guide), and the list of specific materials from the collection organization tab or container organization menu.

If there are comic books you would like pulled for your visit, please note the title and issue number and/or date.

When contacting us to make an appointment, please identify the materials you would like pulled for your visit.