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Genealogy Resources in the Special Collections Research Center   Tags: genealogy, scrc, special_collections_research_center  

Researchers may thank Earl Gregg Swem, for whom Swem Library is named, for his interest in both topics. He was responsible for acquiring many of the manuscript collections in the SCRC, which detail local family histories.
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Special Collections Research Center Access Tools: There are a variety of tools available to guide you in finding materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Don't forget that you also may come into the SCRC in person and consult with the staff member on duty for guidance.


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The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) has numerous collections in its Manuscript, University Archives, and Rare Books sections that include genealogical research or that can be helpful to genealogists.  While the collections in the SCRC may help with your genealogical research, we recommend that before visiting the SCRC, you

  • Use the resources in Swem's reference and open stacks areas. Swem has excellent genealogical resources for Virginia and some other states in the open stacks, mostly printed primary sources, indexes, and abstracts, as well as some in microform.
  • Review the guide to the Mary and Dennis Rebman Virginia Genealogy Resource Center in Swem Library.
  • Check the Library's online catalog for pertinent family names.

Swem Library has created other guides that will be of interest to researchers including a Research Paper Writing and Citation Guide, Primary Sources Guide, and Copyright Guide.


Genealogical Research Collections

The SCRC has several collections that bring together genealogical research on multiple families. The most important are:

  • Genealogy Collections, Mss 39.4 G29, which are collections compiled largely by Earl Gregg Swem and include correspondence, newspaper clippings, coats-of-arms, and family histories. These are organized by family name.
  • Tyree Collection, Mss 73 T99, includes more than 600 notebooks of research compiled by Young Tyree, based largely on Virginia county records. These are organized partially by family names and partially by county.
  • William Carter Stubbs Papers, Mss 65 St95, includes 4 boxes of material largely genealogical notes related to Gloucester County.

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