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Special Collections

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Special Collections is located in Carol M. Newman Library at Virginia Tech. Special Collections includes manuscript collections, rare books, and the University Archives. The collection also contains state, local and historical maps and photographs. Our mission is to collect and preserve unique, historical materials and provide access to them in their original form. When possible, Special Collections also offers materials in digital format.

Collection Highlights

Manuscript Collections
Rare Books
University Archives

Online Resources

Special Collections is always working on new tools and resources. Here's where you can find more about about us and our collections:

  • If you would to search descriptions of our manuscript collections, you can use Virginia Heritage, a state-wide portal for finding aids. Limit your search to "Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to search ONLY our finding aids. Or, search "All repositories" to see what other collections of interest you might find across the state!
  • You can search published materials and media items (books, journals, a/v, and more) using the library's catalog, Addison.
  • Special Collections: A Basic Introduction is a LibGuide covering the resources available and services we provide in Special Collections. It was designed for use with a class, but it can tell you a lot about us!
  • Special Collections Online is our Omeka platform for digital content. We'll be adding new material all the time, so be sure to check back!
  • Food & Drink History Resources is our LibGuide for the History of Food and Drink Collection, as well as materials available from Newman Library, other institutions, and online, that can help with culinary history research.
  • Preston Family Resources is our LibGuide for materials related to the Preston family in Virginia.
  • Local History and Genealogical Research in the University Libraries is our LibGuide for genealogy resources in Special Collections, Newman Library, and online.

Special Collections on Social Media

Special Collections is working to create a social media presence and you can find us on a number of sites!

Aaron Purcell, Director, Special Collections
Marc Brodsky, Public Services and Reference Archivist
Kira Dietz, Acquisitions and Processing Archivist
John Jackson, Archives Assistant
Tamara Kennelly, University Archivist
Laurel Rozema, Processing and Special Projects Archivist
Adrienne Serra, Technical Archivist
Sam Winn, Collections Archivist

Send questions or comments to:
University Libraries
Virginia Tech, P.O. Box 90001,
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001

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