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Researcher resources

We have several different resources available for researchers.

  • Our guides for researchers cover a wide range of topics from the Civil War to environmental history.

  • Our finding aids collection showcases more than 80 different aids for business, family, and individual collections.

  • Researchers may also be interested in recent accession and what research fellowships are available at the VHS.

Do you have a question about our collections?

Contact a reference librarian through the Ask a question about our collections form or at 804.342.9677.

Are you interested in ordering photocopies or digital reproductions?  Our staff can help with your requests.

Explore our collections by digging deeper into guides for the Civil War, African American, environmental, and women's history.
Find out more about Guides for researchers
Finding aids offer more detailed access to especially large or complex collections.
Find out more about Finding aids for manuscripts and archives
Use our indexes to help with your research.
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Learn about recently accessioned items in our collections from the current year back to 2010.
Find out more about Recent accessions
1812 uniform jacket of Capt. Martin Kirtland
Are you interested in conducting extensive research at Virginia Museum of History & Culture?
Find out more about Research Support
Are you looking for online genealogical or general history resources? Take a look at our recommended resources.
Find out more about Links to other online resources