“Digital Virginias” brings together Digital Collections of Virginia and West Virginia

UVA and regional partners George Mason University, William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech have joined with West Virginia University to bring together a combined set of historical materials in a new service hub, Digital Virginias, in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Digital Virginias offers more than 58,000 items—digital manuscript and print resources, artifacts, photos, audio and video recordings—in effect reuniting as one region the states of Virginia and West Virginia that were split into separate entities in the American Civil War.

One of UVA’s contributions to the new hub is the Jackson Davis Collection of African American Educational Photographs from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library—6,000 photos that document conditions in African American schools throughout the segregated South in the first half of the 20th century.

Photo Bernice Wright, Member Home Makers Club with dish of tomatoes grown in her garden, the Jackson Davis photo collection

Digital Virginias will begin adding regional partners in 2019. Stay up-to-date on Facebook and Twitter.

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