Archival Resources of the Virginias: New name, expanded resource

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Online Digital Resources
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Humanities, Local History

Virginia Heritage renamed Archival Resources of the Virginias

For over twenty years, Virginia Heritage has served as a union database of finding aids for
Virginia cultural heritage institutions. Members contributed thousands of finding aids, and
membership has grown from the eleven initial contributors to fifty-two.

In 2020, Virginia Heritage expanded beyond its borders, inviting West Virginia institutions to join
and share their finding aids. Adding a new state calls for a new name. Members voted on a new
moniker earlier this year and chose Archival Resources of the Virginias (ARVAS). The name
officially changed in June 2022, with the launch of our new web address and Twitter handle.

The name has changed, but the goal remains the same: to share information about the variety
of manuscripts and archival materials in Virginia and West Virginia. It is free to use and
membership is free to libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural institutions
that have archival holdings that they wish to share.

Visit to learn more or to search the finding aid database.


Contact Info: 

Lynn Eaton

Director, Special Collections Research Center

George Mason University Libraries

4400 University Drive MSN 2FL

Fairfax, VA 22030

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