Special Collections

Special Collections includes manuscripts and other collections that are not part of the RU Archives or Appalachian Collection, including items from Radford alumni, manuscripts from Supreme Count Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, Illuminated manuscripts, and other materials.

The Rare Book Collection includes over 6,000 books, including the core collection originally housed in the library when Radford University first opened as the State Normal and Industrial School at East Radford, Virginia, in 1913. Collection strengths include Appalachian and Virginia literature, Virginia and regional history, and 19th Century history and literature. The Rare Books Collection can be searched through the library's online catalog. 

Book of Hours leaf

Original leaf from a medieval manuscript Book of Hours.

Special Collections Finding Aids    

What are finding aids?    

Finding aids are used by researchers to determine whether materials within a collection may be relevant to their research. While not exhaustive, finding aids help researchers identify the particular boxes or folders that may hold items of interest.

In the course of daily life, individuals, families, organizations, and businesses create and keep information about their activities. When such records are no longer needed on a day-to-day basis, a portion judged to possess enduring historical value may be preserved and maintained as archival collections. Archival records take many forms, including correspondence, diaries, financial and legal documents, photographs, and sound recordings. Archival materials may also include maps, scientific data, artifacts, and electronic records such as emails or databases.

Prepared by archival staff, finding aids provide a history of the person or organization that produced the collection, an overview of the collection, and a detailed list of the collection's contents.    

Contact Us

archives@radford.edu or 540-831-5692, 540-831-5694