VIRGINIA HERITAGE ( is a database of guides, or finding aids, describing archives and manuscripts in repositories in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, represented by the University of Virginia, received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the two-year project, which concludes in December 2002.  At present, there are 4,055 guides, encoded in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) in the database.  Virginia Heritage hopes to learn how well we have improved access to a rich trove of primary source documents held by Virginia libraries.

From the settlement at Jamestown in 1607, through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and into the tummult of the 20th Century, the Commonwealth of Virginia has stood at the center of America's history, literature and political thought. Many of the priceless documents of American history, literature and political thought reside in the special collections of Virginia's colleges, universities, and other research libraries.  Please visit to search or browse the database and complete our online survey.

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The Virginia Heritage Executive Committee

     Jennifer Gunter
        Coordinator, Special Collections
        Digital Library and Archives, University Libraries
      Virginia Tech
  PO BOX 90001
        Blacksburg, VA  24062-9001
        Telephone: (540) 231-9215