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The Kegley Library houses over 150 manuscript collections that provide fascinating glimpses into the life of Southwest Virginians from the 18th century to the present day. Included are church and school records, business ledgers and daybooks, financial and legal records, correspondence and land records. Topics covered include family life, schools, churches, slavery, Civil War, Revolutionary War, mining, furnaces, railroads, and other aspects of life in Wythe County and surrounding counties.

Researchers using manuscript collections must abide by stricter research rules for the protection and preservation of these valuable materials. Primarily all researchers must have clean hands, use a pencil for note-taking, and use materials in the presence of the staff members. Laptop computers, tablets, and other electronic devices may be used upon approval of staff. Photocopying and/or scanning of fragile documents may be prohibited. A complete list of regulations may be obtained by contacting us.

Manuscripts are accessible several ways. A database and paper finding aids assist researchers onsite. Most manuscript finding aids are also found in the Virginia Heritage and ArchiveGrid databases.

Click below for a list of manuscript collections.
Manuscript List

Click below to access the Virginia Heritage database.
Virginia Heritage

Click below to access the ArchiveGrid database.