Category Archives: Announcements

Announcement from the Virginia State Law Library

The Virginia State Law Library is pleased to announce the availability of a new resource on the Virginia Judiciary web site, Supreme Court of Virginia Justices, 1779-present.  This online biographical directory can be accessed from the judicial branch web site at or directly, at The directory features the portraits (when available) and biographical information of each of the justices who have served on the Supreme Court of Virginia since 1779.  Our goal is to make this information available to the public, with the directory serving as an accurate scholarly resource for students, educators, historians and others interested in the history of the court.

Home page of the biographical directory.

Home page of the biographical directory.

Several archivists, librarians, and others provided  research assistance in the compilation of the online directory. Sincere thanks to Meghan A. Townes, Visual Studies Collections Registrar, and Audrey McElhinney, Senior Rare Book Librarian, Library of Virginia; the knowledgeable staff of reference archivists at the Library of Virginia; Cecilia Brown, Special Collections Archivist, University of Virginia Law Library; Lisa S. McCown, Senior Special Collections Assistant, Washington and Lee Leyburn Library; John Jacob, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Washington and Lee Law Library; Susan Riggs, Manuscripts and Rare Books Librarian, Swem Library, College of William and Mary; Suzanne Corriell, Associate Director for Reference, Research and Instructional Services in the Muse Law Library, University of Richmond; and student interns from the VCU Department of History and George Washington University internship programs.  A special thanks to Kelly Parrish, Department of Judicial Planning, and the Washington and Lee School of Law, for sharing resources gathered for The Supreme Court of Virginia: Historical Portraits of the Justices,1799-2011, published in 2010 (now out of print). The publication of this guide made it possible to create an online directory illustrated with the portraits.

News from George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives

Big news from George Mason University. The University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives is the new home of the Gilbert and Sullivan Collection donated by David and Annabelle Stone. The collection is all things Gilbert and Sullivan from original manuscripts to production materials to letters and personal effects. Read the press release to learn more about the donation.

Want to know what other collections George Mason University has? Search Virginia Heritage to see their finding aids.


Today’s post is by Alice W. Campbell, Digital Initiatives Archivist at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Explore. Discover. Share.

A new gallery has opened at Virginia Commonwealth University, but this time the exhibit space is virtual and not physical. VCU Libraries Gallery gives the public an opportunity to discover some of the rare and intriguing materials held in Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. The Gallery will feature exhibits of book art, comic arts, manuscripts, rare books, medical artifacts and VCU university archives, and each item shown can easily be shared on social media. VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives hope to reach new and potentially broader audiences by sharing collections online.

Home page of the new VCU Libraries Gallery.

Home page of the new VCU Libraries Gallery.

Three inaugural exhibits opened the Gallery. “Remembering Theresa Pollak: An Exhibition on the Founder of VCUarts” includes photographs and manuscripts from the collection of an exceptional artist and educator of great importance to VCU. Another exhibit, “From the Library of Dr. Herman J. Flax: Physician, Poet, Collector,” gives viewers a look into a collection of rare books related to physical medicine. “Through the Looking Glass” displays microscopic images created by VCU students, faculty and staff and selected on the basis of their aesthetic appeal, technical skill and scientific significance.

Theresa Pollak exhibit, one of the inaugural exhibits done by James Branch Cabell Special Collections and Archives.

Theresa Pollak exhibit, one of the inaugural exhibits by James Branch Cabell Special Collections and Archives.

Future exhibits will present interactive artists’ books, and traces of previous ownership found in library volumes. You can visit the VCU Libraries Gallery at and keep up to date with Gallery news by following @VCUExhibits on Twitter.

Call for Virginia Archives Month poster images and stories

Posted on behalf of the 2014 Virginia Archives Month Committee

What is Archives Month?

It began as Archives Week which has been celebrated throughout the archival community since approximately 1988. A formal observance of Archives Week in Virginia, including the production of a poster by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Virginia Caucus in conjunction with the Library of Virginia and the Library of Virginia Foundation, began in 2002.

In 2006, the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) coordinated a nationwide observance of American Archives Month during October. Virginia archivists continue to celebrate and raise awareness about our archives by creating posters and planning events such as lectures, workshops, and fairs.

The Virginia Archives Month Poster for 2013.

The Virginia Archives Month Poster for 2013.

2014 Theme: Archives are for Virginians

This year, Archives Month in Virginia will celebrate all of the ways that archival and manuscript collections assist, educate, enrich, and enliven the lives of Virginians (and many others). Share an image or images from your collection that highlight that theme. What image or document best captures your institution? How about a document that was invaluable to a researcher or perhaps your most requested record. Maybe you can show off a wonderful but seldom seen item. However you choose to interpret it, show off how your archival institution is for Virginians!

You may upload your images to the Virginia Archives Month Group on Flickr or submit images to Vince Brooks, or Margaret Kidd,  by July 25th.

Image specifications: 300 pixels per inch (ppi) at 100%.

Share your stories!

We would also like to collect stories from the users of archives about their experiences that we may share in October. What discoveries have you made? How did these collections help you or enrich your knowledge? Feel free to add these to the comments below or send them to Margaret Kidd,



MARAC award announcement – Arline Custer Memorial Award

The following is an award announcement from our friends at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC):

Presented by the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee, this award honors the memory of Arline Custer (1909-1975), MARAC member and editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.


The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region – the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Works under consideration include, but are not limited to, monographs, popular narratives, reference works, and exhibition catalogs using archival sources.

Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014.


Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community.  They also should be original and well researched using available sources.  In addition, they should be clearly presented, well written, and organized.  Visual materials, if used, should be appropriate to the text. Preference will be given to works by archivists.


Up to two awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles.  The 2014 awards will be announced at the Fall 2014 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

How to submit an entry

Please send two copies of each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:

Elizabeth Shepard
39 Harrison Avenue, Unit #8
Montclair, NY 07042

Entries must be received by 31 July 2014.

For additional information about this award and a list of previous award winners, see the Arline Custer Memorial Award site at

Digitization of The Bullet, the University of Mary Washington’s Student Newspaper

UMW Libraries is pleased to announce the digitization of the University’s student-run newspaper, The Bullet. Issues from 1922-2010 are now available online through the Internet Archive at

The Bullet is a great source of information for University history and important events, and provides a snapshot of what life was like on campus throughout the last century.

The Internet Archive allows for multiple methods of searching and viewing issues of The Bullet. Users can page through an issue by choosing the “read online” option, download an entire issue in PDF format, or search the full text of an issue for specific keywords. This digitization project was made possible through UMW Libraries, the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative, and LYRASIS’ scanning partner, the Internet Archive.


SAA seeks nominations for the Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

Please excuse cross-postings.

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2014 award.

This award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Archives may include photographs, films, and visual archives. Publication may be in hard copy, microfilm, digital, or other circulating medium.

Recent winners include:

  • 2013: Densho, The Japanese American Legacy Project
  • 2012: Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota
  • 2011: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries March On Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project Team
  • 2010: The Giza Archives Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • 2009: Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections of the University of Toledo’s “From Institution to Independence”
  • 2008: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the CBC Digital Archives (Les Archives de Radio-Canada)

Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations.

Application Deadline:
All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28th.

For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to

Through the Perilous Fight: Book Talk and Reception at W&M

Swem Library at the College of William & Mary welcomes W&M alumnus Steve Vogel, author and reporter for The Washington Post, to campus to discuss his new book, Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation, which tells the gripping story of the burning of Washington and the improbable last stand at Baltimore that helped save the nation and inspired its National Anthem. Event to be held Friday, Nov. 22 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Swem Library’s Botetourt Theatre, ground floor. Cocktail reception and book signing to follow presentation. Books available for purchase at the event. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Further information can be found at

Virginia Caucus Meeting at MARAC Conference in Philadelphia

For those of you attending the MARAC meeting in Philadelphia this week be sure to come to the Virginia Caucus meeting at 8:30 a.m. on November 8th. Margaret Kidd of the Outreach Subcommittee will be there to briefly discuss the new Virginia Heritage website and to answer any questions that you may have. Also please feel free to provide feedback about the site at this time as well.

Hope to see you there!