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The VMHC collections consist of a wide range of objects, including genealogical materials, maps, paintings, prints, postcards, weapons, militaria, glass plate negatives, and photographs.
The Virginia Museum of History & Culture's library collections includes both printed materials, such as books, journals, broadsides and sheet music, and manuscript materials, such as family and personal papers, diaries, company records, military records, and genealogies.
The Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s museum object collection consists of a broad range of materials including paintings, textiles, silver, weapons, militaria, photographs, prints, decorative arts and furniture, and postcards.
Featured Collections Items
The VMHC has a collection of more than 9 million items. Here are just a few them (please note that not all of them may be on display to the public). Search the Library or Museum Objects Collections databases to learn more.
Tennis racquet,bag, and wrist band, all belonged to Arthur Ashe.
Pastel drawing depicting Natural Bridge in Snow by George Brewerton in 1872.
Portrait in oils of George Washington by Charles Peale Polk, nephew of Charles Willson Peale, whose 1787 portrait of the general was the basis for this image.
Bowie knife taken from John Brown at Harper's Ferry in 1859 by J.E.B. Stuart.
Chippenale slant-front desk with bracket feet, Eastern Virginia, probably Richmond, based on Williamsburg prototype.
Complete WAVES uniform from World War II worn by Nancy E. Bailey (Bon Cogsdale).
1915 Photograph show a group of women gathered in Capitol Square holding large banners which read "Equal Suffrage League and Richmond, Virginia" and "Votes for Women."
Program from the Virginia State Unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference meeting, includes a black and white photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and five signatures (clockwise from
Image depicting Norfolk and Western Train No. 3, the Pocahontas, in a shroud of exhaust with 13 cars of Christmas mail and passengers.
Tintype portrait of Pvt. Robert Thaxton, a Confederate soldier killed at the battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, in May 1863.
A 1661 act of the Virginia General Assembly forced the Chief of the Machodoc—and all the leaders and warriors of Virginia’s Indegenous people-to wear these badges while in English settlements.
We hope that you will find what you are looking for within our online catalogs or among our Research Resources, but if you are in need of additional assistance, please contact our research team at reference@VirginiaHistory.org or 804.342.9677.