The mission of Special Collections is to collect, steward, and preserve materials that document the Central Shenandoah Valley as well as the institutional history of James Madison University. Special Collections also serves as the Libraries’ repository for rare and unique materials.
The Preservation office within Special Collections provides book and paper conservation for rare and archival collections as well as book repair for the Libraries’ circulating collections.
Our team works to support teaching and scholarship with primary source materials and to promote primary source literacy within teaching and learning at JMU and the wider community of researchers. Special Collections materials and services are available to the public.
Head of Special Collections
Special Collections Archivist
Digital and Audiovisual Archivist