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Thursday, December 18, 2014  |  Calendar of Events 

To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade
This groundbreaking exhibition explores the pivotal role that Richmond played in the domestic slave trade. Curated by University of Virginia professor Maurie McInnis, To Be Sold draws from her recent book, Waiting to Be Sold: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, and is anchored by a series of paintings and engravings by Eyre Crowe, a British artist who witnessed the slave trade as he traveled across the United States in 1853. This internal trade accounted for the largest forced migration of people in the United States, moving as many as two thirds of a million people from the Upper South to the Cotton South. Virginia was the largest mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market, making the trade the most important economic activity in antebellum Virginia. This exhibition is not merely a story of numbers and economic impact, but also one that focuses on individuals and the impact that the trade had on enslaved people.

Virginia Is for Lovers
Virginia Is for Lovers celebrates 45 years of enticing tourists to the commonwealth. Created by the Martin & Woltz advertising firm in 1969, Virginia Is for Lovers remains one of the most recognized tourism marketing slogans. This small exhibition highlights some of the many ways this iconic slogan has been used throughout its history.

Friends and Family Holiday Sale at the Virginia Shop
We're celebrating our friends and family this holiday season with a special sale in the Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia. A large variety of holiday and regular merchandise will be marked down up to 50% off the original price and full-priced items will be 10% off. As a bonus to Semper Virginia Society members, we're extending the mark down to 20% off all full-priced merchandise in the Library store over the course of the sale. Join as a new or renewing member and receive a whopping 30% off your entire purchase of full-priced merchandise! Visit us online at www.thevirginiashop.org/foundation-membership.aspx or call Jennifer Blessman at 804.692.3561.

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The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Announce the 2014 Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award
The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are pleased to announce the winner of the second annual Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award. This unique award recognizes an outstanding book that demonstrates the highest literary merit as a creative or scholarly work on the theme of visual artists or art. An eligible book may be a work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or a museum catalog, published in English by an American publisher...

Finalists for the Library of Virginia's 2014 Literary Awards Announced
Stories of love, honor, and intrigue. Rhymes of death and mourning. All these and more are included in the finalists for the Library of Virginia’s 2014 Literary Awards.
In the nonfiction category three faculty members from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville are this year's finalists...

What's New In The Collections  |  Archive 

The Library of Virginia Quarterly Report of Newly Available Accessions
April 1 – June 30, 2014

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 availabilty 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.”

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Virginia author and historian Mary Miley will present Silent Murders, the second book in her Roaring Twenties mystery series. A book signing and reception will follow the talk.


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