The physical exhibit was co-curated by Felicia Johnson, Assistant Coordinator, Special Collections Digital Center and Kendon Stubbs, Associate University Librarian and was on view in the Tracy W. McGregor Room of Alderman Library from January 20 through April 7, 1997.

Contributors of descriptive texts were Terry Belanger, Christina Deane, Jeanne Hammer, Margaret Hrabe, Felicia Johnson, Ervin Jordan, Heather Moore, Kathryn Morgan, Michael Plunkett, George Riser, Ann Southwell, and Kendon Stubbs. Design work was carried out by Shanti Durkee, Michael Furlough, Kenneth Jensen, and Lorraine Jordan.

Materials from the physical exhibit were digitized by staff in the Special Collections Digital Center using the center's HPScanJet flatbed scanners, Kontron ProgRes model 3012 digital camera and PhotoPhase Plus digital camera. Images were enhanced for web display using Debabelizer 1.65 and Adobe Photoshop 4.0. The digital exhibit is optimized for viewing on a monitor that supports the display of 24-bit color.

The original digital version of The Most of Special Collections was designed and constructed in 1997 by Felicia Johnson, Assistant Coordinator, Special Collections Digital Center with the assistance of Edward Gaynor, Associate Director of Special Collections. Special thanks to Patrick Yott, Coordinator of the Social Sciences Data Center for his assistance.

The current website was built in Omeka by the Online Library Environment team in 2013.


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This site is a digital complement to the physical exhibition, The Most of Special Collections, displayed at the University of Virginia Library’s Special Collections department in Alderman Library from January through April 1997. The exhibition was curated by Felicia Johnson and Kendon Stubbs, with contributions by U.Va. Library staff and friends. The site is housed at the University of Virginia.
 The site contains images of original letters, manuscripts, books, photos, and a variety of printed material and ephemera. The site has been created to enable public access to these materials in support of teaching, research, and scholarship. Educational institutions or affiliated individuals, school teachers, news organizations, and members of the public are all welcome to link to individual images or other content posted on the site and to download selected material for the above-authorized purposes.

 Acknowledgment should be given to the site as follows: The Most of Special Collections, Exhibition © 1997 by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia.


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Texts: Unattributed text in this exhibition is the work of the U.Va. Library staff and is © 1997 by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia.

Images: Most of the images are from the collections of the University of Virginia. Others were generously contributed by private individuals, public institutions, and other entities.  Where known, the original photographer or source of the image is identified. For any items created and owned by the University of Virginia, high-resolution images should be requested from Digital Curation Services,