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Small Special Collections Library Collection Development Policy
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COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
The University of Virginia
September, 2002
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library acquires printed books, manuscripts, maps,
broadsides, photographs, prints and drawings, sheet music, sound recordings, digital images,
artifacts, and other formats in support of the Library's mission to serve the undergraduate and
graduate teaching and research programs of the University.
This is the Special Collections Library's general policy that documents major collections and guides
collecting in targeted areas. The current list of priorities covers areas in which we have fund
support for purchases. Gifts in all areas are sought and considered.
COLLECTING RATIONALE
The Special Collections Library acquires materials that support teaching and research at the
University and builds on existing strengths. In addition we actively seek new initiatives and acquire
new collections in anticipation of or response to changing academic needs and interests. We are
also committed to developing unique and distinctive collections in areas which have little coverage
elsewhere.
LIBRARY CONSTITUENTS
The Library's primary responsibility is to the University of Virginia's faculty and students. In
addition, we provide service to scholars from other institutions, national and international, as well
as to the general public, particularly the citizens of the state of Virginia.
CURRENT COLLECTING PRIORITIES
The Library's current collecting activities focus on collecting to strength, purchasing according to
fund parameters, responding to gift and purchase opportunities, supporting current academic
needs, and developing new collecting initiatives to serve research needs, both current and future.
All formats are collected as appropriate. Areas of active acquisition are:
American literature, antiquarian and contemporary
American history (Southeastern United States)
Virginiana
Political history and records
Family papers (emphasis on Central Virginia)
African American materials
Church records
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