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History of Virginia Commonwealth University

A guide to resources related to the history of Virginia Commonwealth University

Digital Colletions

Special Collections and Archives at both Cabell Library and Health Sciences Library hold many records, reports, publications, photographs and other resources related to the history of VCU. The materials listed below are only a small percentage of the resources available. Please contact us to learn about our other holdings.

Alumni Publications

Alumni Magazine for the MCV Alumni Association that contains articles on various aspects of the institution's history

VCU alumni magazines


  • VCU 50th Anniversary Celebration

VCU Then and Now: 50 Years for the Public Good

VCU 50: Perspectives on higher education and commemorating history

"VCU 40tth and Forward" VCU's past, present, and future as seen in 2008

Timeline, images, and a video tribute to VCU's 4th president

175th anniversary history of the MCV Campus of VCU

  • VCU Basketball

"Greatest Moments in VCU Basketball"

VCU Final Four Run Highlights


Documents related to the East Marshall Street Well

Bird Commission report recommended a comprehensive university in Richmond.

Selected documents from the Medical College of Virginia archives, 1859-1865

Report recommending the creation of VCU, 1967


Images of VCU available to VCU community with login

Early images of VCU from the 1960s and 1970s

News Publications

VCU News releases and stories from 1999 to the present

VCU’s newsprint publications, 1972-2002

Oral Histories

Interviews with individuals associated with VCU

Student Newspapers and Publications

Student newspaper from 1969-2011

Student literary publications

Alternative student publications, 1978-2014

University Records




Yearbook for RPI and the Monroe Park Campus

Yearbook for the Medical College of Virginia and the MCV Campus

Historical Data