Rare and Unique Collections

VCU Libraries hosts a growing digital library collection: the  departments at James Branch Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences provide access to rare publications and primary source materialsdigital collections, which represent sets of digitized materials from VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives or partner community organizations; digital exhibits and projects, which tell stories using innovative technologies; and institutional repository materials, which represent the scholarly output of the VCU community.

Special Collections and Archives

Open to all researchers, the Special Collections and Archives departments at James Branch Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences provide access to rare publications and primary source materials. Archivists and special collections librarians welcome requests for research consultations, classes, community programs and collaborative initiatives. 

Digital collections

VCU Libraries offers an array of digital collections as a way to enhance access to our rich collections. We digitize materials from our own Special Collections and Archives collections and partner with faculty and regional  organizations in a Community Digitization Program.

Collections include:

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Some digitized items are also available through our archival finding aids.

Community Digitization Program

Our Community Digitization Program seeks community partners interested in digitizing and exposing their special collections, archival records, photographs, publications, and other documents.

Digital exhibits and projects

Institutional scholarship repository

VCU Scholars Compass is a publishing platform for the intellectual output of VCU’s academic, research, and administrative communities. Its goal is to provide wide and stable access to the exemplary work that is produced, submitted, or sponsored by VCU faculty, researchers, or staff, and demonstrates scholarly, educational, or research value.

Types of collections include:

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