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Tuesday, October 25, 2016  |  Calendar of Events 

First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
No one familiar with today's public and political debates about religious liberty and the relationship of church and state can doubt that Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom holds lasting significance. The Library of Virginia's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom explores the intent and interpretation of the statute, one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation in American history.

Join us as Margot Lee Shetterly discusses Hidden Figures, which tells the story of the pioneering African American women at NASA who did the calculations that made space flight a reality at a time when Jim Crow laws ensured that NASA was segregated. Called human computers, these brilliant mathematicians completed incredibly challenging calculations by hand. Shetterly, who grew up in Hampton, Virginia, is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and received a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant for research into the history of women in computing. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

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Pineda, Green, and Goolrick Receive Literary Awards
The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the winners of the 19th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards, sponsored by Dominion.

Library of Virginia and VMFA Announce Winner of Annual Art in Literature Award
The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are pleased to announce the winner of the annual Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award.

What's New In The Collections  |  Archive 

The Library of Virginia Quarterly Report of Newly Available Accessions
July 1 - September 30, 2016

A report including the creator, title, size, brief description, and accession number of the local, map, private, and state archival collections described and/or received during the time period. Some collections may be closed for processing; check with Archives Reference Services regarding availability for research use.

Primary Sources Semiannual Report of Newly Processed Collections
July December 2012

Welcome to the latest issue of the Library of Virginia’s semiannual report Primary
Sources. Here you will find a listing of the latest collections processed, microfilmed, or digitized by the Library. Since 1999, the Library has annually received General Assembly support for archival positions in order “to relieve the 54-year backlog in processing significant archival, special, and other historical collections.”

Featured Events

The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History and the Slave TradeThe Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History and the Slave Trade
Charles Dew, one of America's most respected historians of the South and slavery, will reflect on his powerful autobiography of life in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s. He rejected his racist upbringing and became a scholar. His intent with The Making of a Racist is to answer the question put to him by Illinois Browning Culver, the African American woman who devoted decades to serving his family: "Charles, why do the grownups put so much hate in the children?" The Richmond Times-Dispatch is the media sponsor for this talk.


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