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Teaching with Special Collections and University Archives

Our Collections and Services

What do we do?

Special Collections and University Archives staff help engage students, faculty, staff, and the general public with our collections in a number of ways:

  • Instruction: We specialize in archival and primary source literacy instruction, involving active-learning exercises and the development of practical research skills.
  • Research Help: Archivists provide one-to-one and group consultations on research projects at any stage of the research process. 
  • Community Engagement: In addition to preserving our community's history, we collaborate with community organizations and individuals on events, exhibitions, digitization initiatives, publications, digital humanities projects, etc.

What do we collect?

  • Special Collections: Our primary resources cover a wide variety or topics and formats, including maps, documents, letters, photographs, diaries, film, oral histories, music compositions, engineering plans, public health records, posters, reports, art work, etc.
  • University Archives: The memory of ODU and include thousands of photographs of university life, oral histories, faculty and administrative papers, posters, newspapers, oral histories, film, scrapbooks, etc.
  • Rare books, newspapers, and artifacts: Examples include signed artist books, local historical volumes, rare poetry and fiction books, journals and newspapers, ancient artifacts, recording equipment, etc. 

Our Two Main Locations on Campus

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