Archives and Special Collections    

Broadside from the Coal and Labor Collection, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University
"Go To It - Miners!" broadside supporting John L. Lewis and the United Mine Workers of America during the 1946 bituminous coal strike in West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky.

The Radford University Archives and Special Collections at McConnell Library supports the teaching, research and public service missions of the University Libraries by collecting, preserving, organizing, and making accessible unique primary source materials that document the history of Radford University, Southwest Virginia, and Appalachia.

RUC Library houses an archival collection that documents the history of the forerunner colleges of Radford University Carilion.  Spanning from the early 1900s to 2019 (the creation of Radford University Carilion), the institutions that contributed to the making of RUC include Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, Lewis-Gale Hospital School of Nursing, Roanoke Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing, Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, and Jefferson College of Health Sciences. The collection of over 2,200 documents consists of college histories, administrative papers, fact books, accreditation reports, news releases, student handbooks, academic catalogs, college brochures, student yearbooks, student newsletters, alumni documents, memorabilia (photos and scrapbooks), college event programs, student master’s projects, and faculty publications.




Visiting the Archives and Special Collections    

We welcome visitors and scholars, but we request that you make an appointment.  For information please contact us at or 540-831-5692, 540-831-5694.

RUC Library provides access to the archival documents by appointment only.  When possible, the RUC Library offers select materials in digital format.  For access please contact us at 540-985-8528 or 540 985-9767 or email us at ruclibrary@RADFORD.EDU.

Additional Resources About Our Collections

We maintain two sites to highlight some of our collections and activities: the Radford University Archives blog and the Appalachian Music and Culture blog. We hope you'll enjoy seeing some of these special selections and contact us with your questions and comments.