Collections Department is a growing collection of rare books,
photographs, manuscripts and sheet music. The rare book collection
contains over 1200 volumes, including first editions, signed
copies and out-of-print books, with a particular emphasis
on African American children's books of the late 19th and
early 20th centuries. This non-circulating collection is open
to anyone for legitimate research purposes.
of over 1200 rare books has a strong concentration of abolitionist
texts, African American children's literature and faculty
and alumni publications. The Special Collections Department
is especially proud of the collection of Uncle Tom's Cabin
editions and ephemera. We have over 40 copies of the book,
including foreign language editions, along with a collection
of broadsides, postcards and performance programs. The Uncle
Tom's Cabin collection allows the researcher to study
the various, often derogatory, character and plot illustrations
of a book that became a cultural phenomenon.
1998, Dr. Jon Michael Spencer has donated more than 1,100
books from his personal research library as well as selected
journals, microfilm of historic papers and research documentation
to the L. Douglas Wilder Library at Virginia Union University.
areas reflect his specialties in the history and theology
of African-American sacred and secular music, African history
and slave culture, and African-American history and sociology.
The collection includes a significant number of hymnals from
browse his collection here or request a printed bibliography
from the Special Collections department of the library.
Click here to access the Spencer
collection of sheet music features jazz, blues, rags and spirituals,
as well as "coon songs" whose vernacular and illustrations
negatively stereotype African Americans. Most of the sheet
music titles in the Special Collections Department are available
through the Wilder Library on-line catalog.
- John Malcus
Ellison Papers President of VUU, 1941-1955
MS-0002 - Robert
Deane Pharr Papers Novelist and VUU alumnus ('39)
MS-0004 - Oral
MS-0005 - Tossie
P. F. Whiting Collection
MS-0006 - Hartshorn
Memorial College Reunion Collection
MS-0009 - Sen. Benjamin J. Lambert
MS-0010 - Edith D. Booker Collection
MS-0011 - Rev. Lloyd P. Terrell
MS-0012 - William Henderson
MS-0013 - Urban League of Greater
MS-0014 - Rev. Warren Arthur Evans
MS-0015 - Dr. Norma M. Goode
- The Records
of the Library
AR-0002 - The Records of the Music Department
AR-0003 - The Records of the Speech and
AR-0004 - The Records of the Fine Arts
AR-0005 - The Records of the Athletic
AR-0006 - The Records of Community
AR-0007 - The Records of Storer College
AR-0008 - The Records of the Richmond Theological
AR-0009 - The Records of the President's
AR-0010 - The Records of University Public
to other manuscript and archival collections for the state
of Virginia can be found at the Virginia
Heritage Project Collections website.
Douglas Wilder at his Inauguration as Governor of Virginia
Douglas Wilder Collection memorializes the life and career
of Virginia's 66th Governor (1990-1994), the first elected
African American Governor in U.S. history, and Virginia Union's
most celebrated alumnus. Wilder graduated from Virginia Union
in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry. He
was the first Black legislator to serve in the Virginia State
Senate since Reconstruction (1969-1986) and the first Black
lieutenant governor of Virginia (1986-1990). For
more information on L. Douglas Wilder,
currently houses his awards and memorabilia in a spectacular
showcase setting and will be an invaluable resource to researchers
when his personal papers are made available.
Press Office Photo Collection of the L. Douglas Wilder collection
is now available to students and other researchers in the
form of a user-friendly spreadsheet.
These negatives and photos span the years Gov. Wilder
was in office 1989-1994.
They are the photo record of his activities as Governor,
including special occasions like his inauguration, visits
from foreign dignitaries and even the Arthur Ashe funeral
and his lying in state at the Executive Mansion.
collection contains over 1,500 rolls of film and can be searched
using keywords or dates, or simply scrolled through using the
up and down arrows. To view photos from this collection, please
refer to the negative number and contact the Archivist between
the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays at (804) 278-4117.
The photos must be viewed in the archives; reproduction
of any image is subject to a fee.
here to access the photo index for this collection.
Audio Cassette Tape Collection of Gov. L. Douglas Wilder
cassette tapes of the L. Douglas Wilder collection are now
available to students and other researchers in the form of
a user-friendly database. These tapes primarily span the years
1995-2001 and for the most part are recordings of Wilder's
popular WRVA radio talk show. Other tapes include public service
announcements, campaign ads, press conferences and national
news interviews Wilder had with such news organizations as
CNN, BBC and CBS.
can be searched on key words or dates, or simply scrolled
through. There are over 600 entries. To listen to a tape from
this collection, please refer to the tape number and contact
the Archivist between 8:00 am- 5:00 pm weekdays at (804) 278-4117.
The tapes do not circulate, but can be used in the library
between these hours.
Video Tape Collection of Gov. L. Douglas Wilder
tapes of the L. Douglas Wilder collection are now available
to students and other researchers in the form of a user-friendly
tapes primarily span the years 1983-2001. They
include the gubernatorial debates between Wilder and Marshall
Coleman, political advertisements, public service announcements,
Wilder’s inauguration ceremony, the State of the Commonwealth
addresses, and Wilder interviews on national news shows such
as World News Tonight, Nightline, C Span, Sunday Morning and
the Today Show.
collection includes over 350 videotapes and can be searched
using keywords or dates, or simply scrolled through using
the up and down arrows. To view a tape from this collection,
please refer to the tape number and contact the Archivist
between the hours of 8:00 am –
5:00 pm weekdays at (804) 278-4117. The
tapes do not circulate, but can be used in the library between