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Special Collections

The Rockefeller Library’s Special Collections department houses the Foundation’s most valuable manuscript material, architectural and archaeological drawings, rare books and images. Current collecting policies focus on materials related to the politics of the late eighteenth century, specifically the American Revolutionary War. Listen to Special Collections Librarian Doug Mayo discuss one of the treasures of the collection—the William Stone facsimile of the Declaration of Independence (1823). The photography archive of the Foundation, formerly in the Visual Resources Department, has been incorporated into the Special Collections Department. Materials held by Special Collections are integral to the Digital History Center’s The American Revolution.


Special Collections is open Monday through Friday by appointment only. To make an appointment please call 757-565-8520 or send an email to


Our collections incorporate a variety of formats and subject areas. To learn more about our holdings, we invite you to review our: