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Adopt Virginia's History

The story of Virginia—from the time of its beginnings as a colony to the present day—is recorded here at the Library of Virginia. Our collections are filled with the stories we protect for future generations to study and enjoy. Rare books and documents, fine art, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, ephemera, photographs, prints, journals, wills, deeds, acts, sculpture, architectural plans, correspondence, bibles, and serials are among the items housed at the Library.

Many of our items require conservation treatment before they can be made available to researchers and visitors for years to come. Only through professional conservation can we extend the life span of many fragile works.

You can assist us!

The Adopt Virginia's History program supports our conservation efforts, helping the Library preserve our state’s collective memory. Conservation can involve a simple repair and cleaning to make an item more accessible to the general public, which can cost as little as $100. A larger, more complex work can cost as much as $5,000 for a complete restoration. Please see the highlighted items below that are in need of adoption to guarantee their preservation.

We will acknowledge your generous adoption or contribution of $100 or more with a certificate and will note your gift in our online catalog according to your wishes—in celebration of a birthday, in memory of a loved one, or for another reason. You will be invited for a personal visit to Special Collections to see your adopted item after conservation.

We welcome donations to our general conservation fund in any amount. You can be proud of your contribution to this important cause, which is tax deductible.

Please check back often to see which works have been adopted and to view additional items in need of adoption below!
                                 
For more information about the Adopt Virginia's History program, please contact Katarina Spears, director of development at 804-692-3813 or katarina.spears@lva.virginia.gov.