New UVA Library exhibition showcases powerful, century-old portraits of Black Virginians

“Visions of Progress: Portraits of Dignity, Style, and Racial Uplift,” a new exhibition at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, showcases portraits that African Americans in central Virginia commissioned from the Holsinger Studio during the … Continue reading

New UVA Library collection, exhibition examine ‘Summer of Hate’ through first-person lens

Five years ago this week, community organizers, activists, students, and residents of Charlottesville stood up to an unprecedented wave of far-right hate and terror. Several hundred white supremacists marched at the University of Virginia and in downtown Charlottesville as part … Continue reading

Krystal Appiah appointed to new role as curator in the Small Special Collections Library

In December of 2021, the University Library announced the appointment of Krystal Appiah as curator in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library where she will help develop a vision and strategy for growth in the library’s local, state, … Continue reading

Special Collections conservator Sue Donovan featured in UVA Today interview

UVA Special Collections conservator Sue Donovan has been in the spotlight recently as the conservator of the paper contents in the cornerstone box recovered from beneath the now-removed Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, VA. In an interview appearing in … Continue reading

Appreciations of Albert Small

Albert H. Small, namesake of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, died on Sunday, October 3 at the age of 95. Small was a WWII veteran who graduated from UVA in 1946 with a degree in chemical engineering. … Continue reading

Browse library stacks from home with Virgo’s virtual shelf browse feature!

One of the joys of browsing the Library stacks is when you come across that unexpected discovery, when you walk in looking for one book and find others in the same area that end up being critical to your research. … Continue reading