The Library Focuses on Neglected History of Black Activism in Colored Conventions Project

New! The Library offers access to the Colored Conventions digital humanities project (CCP), a research hub that gathers primary resources and recent scholarship shedding light on a neglected chapter of Black activism that began decades before the end of slavery. … Continue reading

Library Resources Provide Information on Indigenous Peoples of North America

New! The Library offers American Indian Histories and Cultures and Indigenous Peoples of North America — complementary resources providing information on how, for five centuries, Native Americans have continued to define themselves in the face of colonization and genocide. American … Continue reading

“On These Grounds” Digital Initiative to Describe the History of Enslavement at Colleges and Universities Receives Funding From the Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Michigan State University (MSU) a grant of $550,000 to support the first phase of the “On These Grounds” project (https://onthesegrounds.org/), a digital initiative to describe the history of enslavement found in archival materials … Continue reading

New! The Library offers “LGBTQ+ Source,” the Definitive Database for LGBTQ+ Studies

It was fifty-one years ago, on June 28, 1969, that police raiding Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn met fierce resistance from the bar’s LGBTQ patrons, sparking the Gay Liberation movement and establishing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. Now, on June 15, … Continue reading

Handbag Recovered from Alderman Library a Time Capsule of Life at UVA 27 years ago

Early in February of 2020, UVA police officer Tewdros Aftae phoned Lisa Swales to inform her that workmen prepping for Alderman Library renovation discovered her handbag stuffed inside the duct work they were removing from the stacks. She had reported … Continue reading

Exhibition: “Sisterhood: Cultural Portraits of African-American Women” in the Small Special Collections Library

“Sisterhood: Cultural Portraits of African-American Women,” is a 2020 Black History Month original exhibition on the 400-year redemptive odyssey of African-American womanhood, 1700s-2000s. From auction blocks to corporate boardrooms, this distinctive exhibition emphasizes the commonality of their praiseworthy lives and … Continue reading

UVA Today highlights Library project to Digitize Field Recordings of Traditional Folk Ballads

A featured article in UVA Today, “Digging into the Archives, UVA Library Brings Old Folksong Recordings to Light,” tells about a Library project to digitize 1930s field recordings of traditional Virginia ballad singers. The recordings, mostly of Appalachian singers, many … Continue reading

Library Resource “Caribbean Newspapers” chronicles History of the West Indies through most of the 18th and 19th Centuries

The Library online resource Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876 features publications from 22 islands, covering 150 years of Caribbean history (most of the 18th and 19th centuries) in more than 140 fully searchable titles. These documents provide valuable insights into the islands’ … Continue reading