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The University Archives of Virginia Tech is part of the Special Collections Department of the University Libraries. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials that document the history and development of the University and its many components. The papers of past University presidents and other administrators constitute the core of the collection, but the Archives, often working in conjunction with the Records Management Program of the University, collects all types of materials that document the work, development, and accomplishments of the University's administrators, faculty, and alumni.

The materials presented here fall broadly into two groups. First, there are the Record Groups, which represent the official documentation of the University, with each group defined by its originating source within the institution. For example, the first group (RG 1) contains records of the Board of Visitors. This material is not fully searchable via this website, but may be browsed via links that begin on the Record Groups page. For additional assistance with these materials, please contact Special Collections or use the Ask an Archivist link.

Other materials, which may be reached via the Select Topics links, include online versions of exhibits, presentations, and documents that pertain to the University—its history and development—but which fall outside the more narrowly specified range of the Record Groups.

Additionally, a limited amount of material associated with the University, often personal papers of alumni and faculty, are considered to be manuscript collections and may be searched using the tools below.  Also, note that many university publications may be found using Addison, the online catalog.

Contact the University Archivist

Send questions or comments to
Tamara Kennelly, University Archivist
(540) 231-9214

Guide to the University Archives

Contact Special Collections

Email Special Collections
(540) 231-6308

Address and staff contact information

Special Collections hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
and by appointment.