We 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. We also promote primary source literacy within teaching and learning at JMU and in the wider community of researchers.
Special Collections’ materials and services are available to the public.
N’Kosi Oates, Ph.D.
Instruction Librarian and Curator for Black Arts and Culture, Assistant Professor
Head of Special Collections
Special Collections Archivist
Special Collections Public Services Coordinator
Bodeene Amyot Cairdeas
Digital and Audiovisual Archivist