Les Sinclair

Declaration of Independence Collection at UVA
Declaration of Independence Collection at UVA

Satisfy your historical curiosity in Charlottesville this Fourth of July week, a visit to the University of Virginia Library’s Declaration of Independence exhibit before or after Thursday’s national holiday may fit the bill.

The exhibit is open to the public on Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library will be open again from 1 to 5 p.m. for exhibit visitors.

Here’s online look at the exhibit’s holdings may visit it here.


Located on U.Va.’s Central Grounds, adjacent to Alderman and Clemons Library, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library holds more than 16 million objects, including manuscripts, archival records, rare books, maps, broadsides, photographs and audio and video recordings. The noteworthy collections include American and British literature, the history of Virginia and the southeastern United States, the history and archives of the University of Virginia, sporting books and manuscripts, World War I, bibliography and book arts.

Occupying 58,000 square feet in two underground floors of the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture/Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library building, the library features a reading room with seating for 32 researchers. While the stacks are not open to the public, the reading room is open to anyone with a photo ID.


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