IAWA collections are used by researchers from around the world, including local contractors and builders, Virginia Tech design students, social historians from across the United States, and architectural historians from Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

To begin your research, check out our LibGuide on everything IAWA or browse finding aids at Archival Resources of the Virginias. Once you have identified collections and folders of interest, please email us with any further questions!

  • Research Guide
  • Reference Help
  • Instruction
  • Outreach

Visit our dedicated IAWA research guide several research guides to identify resources and strategies for using the IAWA for your next course, publication, exhibit, or project.

View the IAWA Research Guide.

Special Collections staff are always available to help patrons find resources. In person, simply ask the front desk attendant for help. You may also contact us virtually before or after your visit.

To request reference help, please contact us.

Reproduction & Publication

Special Collections also makes copies of items for people on request. We provide digital copies or photocopies to patrons, and patrons who come into Special Collections may take photos or make photocopies themselves, with a few limitations. We also provide digital copies for publication, when possible.

Read the Reproduction and Publication Policy for more information.

Special Collections offers targeted instructional sessions and long-term course support to Virginia Tech and the broader community of Southwest Virginia.

Contact us or visit the University Libraries' Instruction & Workshops page for more information.

Special Collections maintains an active schedule of in-house exhibits, including regular highlights from the IAWA.

Contact us to discuss exhibit opportunities and follow us on social media to see announcements about upcoming events, exhibits, and activities.

Visit IAWA Online to view our current digital exhibits.