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Early American History Resources in the Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center has extensive holdings of manuscripts and rare books dealing with early American history. This guide describes the bulk of those holdings, although it is not a comprehensive list.

Rare Books

The SCRC has a large number of rare books dealing with early American history, including travel and exploration narratives, diaries and memoirs, military history, American Revolution pamphlets, sermons and other religious publications, slavery and anti-slavery pamphlets, English and American gift albums, almanacs, gardening, and early Virginia imprints.  In addition, the SCRC has several private libraries, including those of Francis Jerdone, St. George Tucker, Lady Jean Skipwith, and John Millington.  Finally, the SCRC also is re-creating the original library of the College, donated by Francis Nicholson in 1698 and burned in a fire in 1705.  The SCRC now has about two-thirds of the titles.  Rare books are listed in Swem’s online catalog.

Access Tools

Special Collections Research Center Access Tools: There are a variety of tools available to guide you in finding materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Don't forget that you also may come into the SCRC in person and consult with the staff member on duty for guidance.

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