December 2021 Information:
- Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) will be operating by appointment only from Thursday, December 16-Wednesday, December 22. If you wish to visit on those days, please make an appointment through the SCUA Seat Reservation page (instructions are included on the page). We will have limited staff on-site during those days, so we encourage as much lead time as possible, but we will do our best to accommodate appointments on less than 24 hours notice.
- You may continue to contact SCUA via email or telephone (please leave a message for a callback) during this time.
- SCUA will be closed, in accordance with university holiday closures, from Thursday, December 23-Friday, December 31, 2021. We will resume our normal hours on Monday, January 3, 2022. You may continue to request appointments for dates beginning January 3, but it will take us longer than usual to confirm or approve them. We appreciate your patience!
Current Operations Notice:
- Beginning August 9, 2021, Special Collections and University Archives will be open Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm
- Appointments will not be required, but strongly encouraged (**see below)
- Appointments can be made by visiting the SCUA Seat Reservation page (instructions are included on the page)
- Virtual reference help remains available at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 540-231-6308
- Newman Library hours of operation and those of other University Library branches are also available online
**By making an appointment, you will help us limit the number of researchers using our Reading Room at any one time for health and safety; guarantee you a seat at the requested time; and help us plan for your visit, for example, making sure materials needed are onsite and available.
The University Libraries at Virginia Tech host and maintain the archival collections that make up the IAWA. Our work is supported by a Board of Advisors in the IAWA Center of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. The Center supports global scholarship and research grants, hosts symposia for IAWA scholars, develops traveling exhibits, identifies and connects with potential donors, and generally oversees the direction of the IAWA initiative.
The IAWA Center is managed by a board of international advisors and an Executive Board of Virginia Tech faculty.
- The IAWA Center
- Board of Advisors
- Bliznakov Research Prize
- Archivist's Report
- IAWA Center Newsletters
- Annual Symposium
Visit the IAWA Center website to learn more about awards, events, and ongoing projects, like the 1x1 initiative.
Each year, the IAWA Center awards research stipends to students and international scholars to support travel to Virginia Tech to visit the IAWA and meet with fellow scholars.
Learn more about the Bliznakov Research Prize
Each year, Special Collections staff submit to the Board a formal report of the University Libraries' contributions to the IAWA, including recent acquisitions and outreach activities.
The IAWA Center has published an annual newsletter (with occasional interruptions) since 1989. These can be viewed as PDFs in the VTechWorks repository, a University Libraries project which hosts and stores scholarly work by members of the Virginia Tech community.
Coinciding with Women's History Month events in March, the IAWA Symposium hosts an international symposium of practitioners, educators, and scholars, including international keynote speakers and recipients of the Bliznakov Research Prize. Special Collections hosts pop-up exhibits, tours, and a meeting of the Board.
Learn more about the Annual IAWA Symposium