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From projectile points to computer chips, and from diaries to advertisements, the collections of the Virginia Historical Society consist of a broad range of materials.

Digital Collections Catalog

Are you interested in seeing images of our collection?

We have recently added nearly 1,600 images from the Confederate Memorial Literary Society (CMLS) to our new Digital Collections Catalog. In the coming months, we will be adding photographs of items from our library and museum collections.  

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Questions or comments about our Digital Collections Catalog? Contact our web manager at weboffice@vahistorical.org.

Library Catalog

In the Library Catalog, you can search for things like

  • books and journals,

  • articles,

  • family and personal papers,

  • business and organizational records,

  • Confederate imprints,

  • sheet music,

  • broadsides,

  • newspapers,

  • genealogical materials, and

  • maps

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Museum Catalog

Not every item in our collection has been photographed, but you can still learn about what we have by searching our Museum Catalog. In our Museum Catalog, you can search for things like

  • objects,

  • paintings,

  • prints,

  • postcards,

  • weapons,

  • militaria,

  • glass plate negatives, and

  • photographs 

Items not currently on exhibition are generally available to be viewed by appointment, which may be scheduled with or through the VHS collections manager

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Please send any collections search engine comments or suggestions to our Star System Manager at starmanager@vahistorical.org.

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