Since its inception in 1831, the Virginia Historical Society has been collecting books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, photographs, and artifacts. The great majority of the contents of our collection that has been developed over the years has been received through the gifts of generous donors.
Should you have materials you think might be of interest for inclusion in the society's holdings, please contact the appropriate staff member listed below in order to discuss a potential gift. Some gifts may qualify as tax deductible donations. Learn more about our Collections Policy.
In operating the Reynolds Business History Center, the VHS strives to continue the acquisition of corporate and business records from Virginia firms or entrepreneurs throughout the commonwealth's history. Given the extensive range of types of records kept by businesses throughout Virginia, especially at different periods in its history, a set of guidelines suggesting what categories of records have traditionally held the most value from the perspectives of permanent preservation worth and potential research value seems useful. In reality, decisions about acceptance, retention, and preservation of specific record groups will proceed on a case-by-case basis. This set of guidelines, however, should serve as a convenient tool for negotiating the transfer of collections, advising donors on the selection of records for preservation, and focusing upon specific materials to be retained and processed.
As a private, non-profit organization, the Virginia Historical Society relies on the generous financial support of its friends and members. Gifts to the Annual Fund support all aspects of operations of the society, including maintaining collections, mounting exhibits, producing society publications, educational services, training of volunteers, and staff. We also are pleased to discuss outright gifts, deferred gifts, gifts for special projects, and gifts of stock.