The Fralin Museum of Art
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia is dedicated to creating an environment in which the largest possible share of its diverse constituencies, including members of the University community and the general public, can study and learn from the direct experience of works of art. The Fralin's 14,000 object collection includes American and European painting, works on paper, and sculpture of the 15th-20th centuries; art from the ancient Mediterranean; Asian art; Native American art.
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Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the exhibition and study of Australian Aboriginal art. Our mission is to advance knowledge and understanding of Australia’s Indigenous people and their art and culture worldwide. Working with living artists, international scholars and arts professionals, we provide a wide range of learning experiences to the University community and the public through exhibition, research and educational programs.
Albert and Shirely Small Special Collections Library
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library administers over 13 million manuscripts, 3.6 million items in the University archives, and 325,000 rare books, as well as approximately 5,000 maps, over 4,000 broadsides; more than 250,000 photographs and small prints; over 8,000 reels of microfilm; and substantial holdings of audio recordings, motion picture films, and ephemera.
The major emphases of the Department’s collections are American history and literature, with additional substantive collections in Virginiana, British literature, African-American history, book arts, the history of sporting and World War I, among others.
- Exhibitions - showcase some of the rare and unique materials available to the University’s faculty, students, and visiting researchers, as well as materials loaned by partner institutions.
- Check out the Special Collections Blog - "Notes from Under Grounds"
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
VFH connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. By supporting and producing cultural, civic, local, and global educational programs for broad public audiences, VFH encourages discovery and connection through the humanities.
- Virginia Indian Program - The Virginia Indian Program at VFH is helping to redress centuries of historical omission, exclusion, and misrepresentation. It creates opportunities for Virginians of all ages, as well as visitors to the state, to learn about the history and cultures of Virginia Indian people and communities, past and present. The Virginia Indian Program maintains The Virginia Indian Archive, a collection of images, documents, and audiovisual resources representing the history and cultural experiences of Virginia Indians since colonial times. Director: Karenne Wood
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Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures
The humanities today are critically oriented towards generating new universals of human belonging even as they negotiate vast terrains of cultural difference locally and globally. The ‘human’ in the humanities today is indelibly colored by the ‘ethnos’ of the global others, even as it strives to articulate its provenance through a language of the ‘commons’ in the name of our planetary fragility and a post-human consciousness. This shift offers unprecedented opportunities to rethink the very fundamentals of our humanistic disciplines, a task that the IHGC proposes to undertake in all earnest. Themes and areas of focus that the Institute aims to promote include:
- The Global South
- Climate Change and the Environment
- Human Rights and the Post-Human Turn
- Media Ecologies, Visual Cultures and Technology
- Literary and Language Worlds
- War, Violence and Humanitarianism
- Global Health & Medical Humanities
- Comparative Religions
- Pre-modern and Early Modern Global Cultures
- Oceanic Connections
- Art and Performance
- Epistemologies and Institutions
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
IATH is a research unit of the University of Virginia established by the University of Virginia in 1992. Our goal is to explore and develop information technology as a tool for scholarly humanities research. To that end, we provide our Fellows with consulting, technical support, applications development, and networked publishing facilities. We also cultivate partnerships and participate in humanities computing initiatives with libraries, publishers, information technology companies, scholarly organizations, and other groups residing at the intersection of computers and cultural heritage. The research projects, essays, and documentation presented here are the products of a unique collaboration between humanities and computer science research faculty, computer professionals, student assistants and project managers, and library faculty and staff. In many cases, this work is supported by private or federal funding agencies. In all cases, it is supported by the Fellows' home departments; the College or School to which those departments belong; the University of Virginia Library; the Vice President for Research and Public Service; the Vice President and Chief Information Officer; the Provost; and the President of the University of Virginia.
IATH projects include:
- A Worldview in Words: Lexical Categories of the Mopan Maya - The Lexical Categories of the Mopan Maya encompasses a multimedia archive of Mopan Maya texts.
- The Arapesh Grammar and Digital Language Archive - The Arapesh Grammar and Digital Language Archive was conceived as a way of preserving, integrating, and disseminating some of the rich documentary material that has been produced on the Arapesh languages traditionally spoken by some twenty five thousand villagers living on the coast and in the Torricelli hills of East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.
- Chaco Research Archive - The Chaco Research Archive is a collaborative effort to create an online archive and analytical database that integrates much of the widely dispersed archaeological data collected from Chaco Canyon from the late 1890s through the first half of the 20th century.
- The Mayan Epigraphic Database Project
At the University of Virginia Library Scholars’ Lab, advanced students and researchers from across the disciplines partner on digital projects and benefit from expert consultation and teaching. Our highly-trained faculty and staff focus especially on the digital humanities, geospatial information, and scholarly making and building at the intersection of our digital and physical worlds.
- Makerspace in Alderman Library
- Maker Grounds @ UVA - maps and locations of maker spaces on Grounds
Rare Book School
Rare Book School at the University of Virginia provides innovative and outstanding educational opportunities to study the history, care, and use of written, printed, and digital materials. Through the hands-on, intensive examination and analysis of textual artifacts in seminar-style classes taught by an international faculty of distinguished scholars and professionals, Rare Book School fosters the knowledge and expertise essential to the responsible stewardship of the historical archive in all its richness and pluriformity.