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HUM/RLCL5204: Art, Artifacts, & Memorabilia in Special Collections and University Archives

Suggested collections & resources in Special Collections, at the University Libraries, and online for HUM/RLCL5204. This was originally created for Fall 2016, but was updated in February 2019.

While our archives and special collections is generally paper-based, we not exclusively paper. We have a collection of more than 350 artworks, 3-D objects and artifacts, and memorabilia. These items may exist as part of a traditional manuscript collection or independent of them. The sections below include information about these types of materials and how to locate or search them. Lists of individual collections are selected and do not include ALL collections that may have a particular format. 

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Special Collections contains more than 350 art works (predominantly paintings and framed photographs). Most of these art works are related to the American Civil War, women in architecture and design, and local history. In addition, some are connected to university history through provenance or artist. We are working on descriptive records for items in our art collection which you can browse and search within online. If you have questions or need help with the art collection, we encourage you to contact us. 



Many of the manuscript collections and record groups in Special Collections contain memorabilia (small artifacts, scrapbooks, ephemera, 3-D objects, etc.). A general list of collections containing memorabilia is available online, though you may also want to visit Virginia Heritage, limit your search to "Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University," and search for specific terms or types of items. For example, "banner" or "class ring" or scrapbook."