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.
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
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.