News from Virginia Heritage

Virginia Heritage is delighted to announce the launch of its new website and database of finding aids! We have retooled both the front and back ends of the Virginia Heritage site. Users should notice some improvements in functionality to the portal as well as overall ease of use of the website. We added a blog and frequently asked question page for users. Currently work is being done to improve the uploading and maintenance of finding aid records.

Virginia Heritage is a consolidated database of more than 11,000 finding aids which provide information about the vast array of manuscripts and archival materials housed in historical societies, libraries, museums, colleges and universities across the Commonwealth. The continuous addition of new and updated finding aids makes this a great tool for discovering primary source materials documenting the history, culture, and people of Virginia.

The idea for Virginia Heritage emerged during a VIVA Special Collections Committee meeting in 1997. The committee’s goal was to make the unique resources of its members more widely accessible. The group decided the creation of a union database of finding aids would be a great way to accomplish this. The University of Virginia (UVA) had recently been involved in the American Heritage Project which was a shared database of finding aids describing collections documenting American history and culture. Drawing from UVA’s experience the committee began the Virginia Heritage Project (VHP). The project was reinvigorated in 2013.

Virginia Heritage is open to all libraries, museums, colleges and universities, and other cultural institutions located in Virginia that have archival holdings that they wish to share. For more information on how to join please contact Bradley Daigle (bjd2b@eservices.virginia.edu).

If you would like to contribute a blog post highlighting collections or events occurring in your Virginiarepository please contact Margaret Kidd (kiddm@vcu.edu) or Lynda Kachurek (Ikachure@richmond.edu). Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@VirginiaArchive).

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