Emancipation in History and Memory: UVA Library Commemorates the Era of Emancipation

Beginning September 28, the Library will join with the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, the John L. Nau … Continue reading

The Library Offers Researchers a Comprehensive Look at History of the Atlantic Slave Trade

While the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University is lifting a veil from the history of enslaved African Americans who lived and worked on Grounds, the Library is offering researchers the online resource Slavery and Anti-Slavery—the most complete documentary … Continue reading

Curator Molly Schwartzburg Discusses Opening “100 Objects” Exhibition as History Erupts On-Grounds

In a Washington Post article about the Library’s bicentennial exhibition, “The University of Virginia in 100 Objects,” Special Collections curator Molly Schwartzburg talks about the challenges of delving into UVA’s past 200 years at a time when white supremacists were … Continue reading

The Library’s New Online Civil War Database Opens Vast Collection of Primary Sources

The new Library online resource Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records of Union Generals and the Union Army offers researchers the most comprehensive documentary picture available of the American Civil War. Documents include courts-martial case files; papers related to courts of … Continue reading

The Library Welcomes New Special Collections Instruction Librarian Krystal Appiah

The Library is pleased to welcome Krystal Appiah, who began on February 13 as the new Instruction Librarian for Special Collections. Krystal was most recently the Curator of African American History and a Reference Librarian at the Library Company of … Continue reading

Special Collections presents Mini-Exhibition on “Black Girlhood”

As part of UVA’s observance of Martin Luther King Day, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library opens a mini-exhibition, “The Sounds and Silences of Black Girlhood,” today, January 27, in the First Floor Gallery of the Harrison Institute … Continue reading

The Library Joins Community to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From January 16–31 UVA will join with the community to celebrate the life and legacy of slain civil rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a program of events centered around the theme “Silence as Betrayal,” taken from a … Continue reading

Special Collections Enriches High Schoolers’ Research into Legacy of Slavery on Grounds

A recent article in UVA Today describes how a group of high school students literally got their hands dirty this summer, digging in the earth of James Madison’s Montpelier plantation to uncover evidence of how enslaved workers lived in the 19th … Continue reading

Library Research Archivist Ervin Jordan on “The Coy Barefoot Program.”

“As a historian I feel it is my duty to offer whatever information I can to this community to objectively deal with this issue…I feel I can contribute something to keep this to a civil conversation about civic space here … Continue reading