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Rare treasure in Special Collections


Photograph of a trophy, poster and other items from a Virginia Tech football game against the Virginia Military Institute. A trophy, poster and other items from a Thanksgiving football game versus the Virginia Military Institute, which are kept in the University Archives in Special Collections.

Feb. 29, 2012 – “You may read about slavery, but it is an entirely different experience to hold in your hand the bill of sale for a human being,” Marc Brodsky, public services archivist, said. “It allows you to make a connection, and that carries some impact.”

Some other pieces that may be on display include a first edition of James Joyce’s novel "Ulysses;" diaries of Civil War soldiers; and a letter from Charles Lindbergh to astronaut Michael Collins. Special Collections also has many items documenting Virginia Tech's history, culinary history, and the history of women in architecture. 

Special Collections is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. The open houses will be held on the first Tuesday of each month for the spring semester, March 6; April 3; and May 1. For more information, visit Special Collections online or call 540-231-6308.

The Virginia Tech University Libraries were established in 1872 with 500 volumes. Today, the libraries' holdings include more than 2 million volumes, and they provide access to a large collection of electronic databases and full-content journals, and is located in the Carol M. Newman Main Library, Art and Architecture, Veterinary Medicine, and the Northern Virginia Resource Service Center. The University Libraries is also a selective depository for federal documents and a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries. The University Libraries provide and promote access to information resources for the achievement of Virginia Tech's objectives in teaching, learning, research, creativity, and community service.

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.