Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

On the Shelf

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

On the Shelf

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We have some good news, and we have some bad news. The good news is that the historical society's manuscripts collection is growing by leaps and bounds. In response to a number of factors, such as the sustained growth in our facilities and programs over the past ten years, the visual awareness brought about by recent exhibitions, and a series of articles in Society publications, donors have come forward steadily with hundreds of items and collections to add to the Society's research holdings. Nearly every year since 1991 the manuscripts department has recorded the gift of at least 200 new acquisitions. Although this may not sound like much, these annual acquisitions represent not only single manuscript items and small collections of personal papers but also major collections of family documents and business records that may each number in the hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of items.

Such growth in our study collections comes with a downside. Storage space for new collections, at a premium even when our existing building was refurbished in 199192, has again reached a critical stage. …

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