Current and Permanent Exhibits

Sound in Early America | Flowerdew Hundred | Declaring Independence

Sound in Early America

First Floor, Exhibit Gallery

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
March 20, 2012 – August 20, 2012


Star Spangled Banner Using manuscripts, rare books, and artifacts, this exhibit traces the rhythms and pitches that reverberate through the collections at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. 

"Sound in Early America" is a collaboration between The Jefferson Trust, the McIntire Department of Music, U.Va. Music Library, and the Small Special Collections Library in conjunction with the Soundscapes of Jefferson's America Symposium.

The exhibit opens on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 and runs through August 20, 2012. There will be a reception on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 5PM in first floor exhibit gallery of the Small Library.

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Image credit:  The star spangled banner (M1628.3 .C6 1861 no.1). University of Virginia Library.


Flowerdew Hundred: Unearthing Virginia's History

Pipe tamper

Main Floor, Permanent Exhibit Gallery

Featuring archaeological artifacts from the University of Virginia's Flowerdew Hundred Collection, this exhibit presents material evidence of Virginia's early inhabitants: Native American pottery sherds; arms and armor used to defend the new colony; refined, imported wares from Europe; and American-made goods, including items manufactured by African Americans. The materials from U.Va.'s Special Collections also on display—images from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century maps and books—illustrate the importance of the historical record in the study of material culture.

Visit the Flowerdew Hundred exhibit website.

Declaring Independence: Creating and Re-creating America's Document

First Floor, Permanent Exhibit Gallery


Declaring Independence exhibitThis exhibit offers highlights of the most comprehensive collection of letters, documents, and early printings of the Declaration of Independence. The exhibition sheds light on not only the writing and signing of the Declaration, but also on its first printing, distribution across the colonies, and future impact on American history. An accompanying documentary film is available for viewing in the gallery.

 Visit the Declaring Independence exhibit website.