Rare Books can be found using VCU Libraries Search. The books are shelved in closed stacks, but staff will retrieve books for you to view in the reading room. The items located in Special Collections and Archives cannot be checked out.
Manuscript Collections include personal papers from individuals significant to local history as well as archival records from a variety of organizations. Manuscripts collections can also include scrapbooks, photographs, posters, artifacts and a range of other materials. Each manuscript collection has a corresponding guide that provides information about its scope and contents. The guides to manuscript collections can be searched using the Virginia Heritage Guides to Manuscript & Archival Collections in Virginia. Please consult with Special Collections and Archives staff about research using primary sources.
Examples of manuscript collections include:
University Archives include a variety of published and unpublished materials that document the history of the university. These include the records of departments and offices, as well as bulletins, course catalogs, and photographs. The Commonwealth Times, VCU and MCV yearbooks, the VCU Oral History Archive, and other materials can be found in the VCU Libraries Digital Collection. Please visit Special Collections and Archives for assistance with these materials.
VCU Libraries Digital Collections are materials primarily from VCU Libraries' Special Collections and Archives, and range in subject matter from postcards of Richmond to medical artifacts. Digital collections are presented in a variety of formats, including images, text, video, and audio.
The Freeman File is an index to articles from the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Richmond News-Leader covering the years 1920s-1980s. The index is on microfiche and can be used in Special Collections and Archives. Please ask a staff member for assistance.
A variety of local publications such as the Richmond Free Press, Style Weekly Magazine and Richmond Magazine are housed in Special Collections and Archives. Community and specialty publications such as the Richmond Pride, Our Own Community Press, Throttle, and Punchline, are also available.
Student newspapers and publications, such as the Atlas, Proscript, Commonwealth Times, Shafer Court Connections, VCU Today, and others are also housed in Special Collections and Archives.