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Special Collections

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A collection of unique materials is housed in the Special Collections room. This room cannot be browsed, however you are welcome to request items to be retrieved for you. Requests for materials must be made between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday – Friday, and materials must be used under the supervision of library staff in the space designated for you. You may not make photocopies or scans of the material. Photocopies, photographs and/or scans may be subject to copyright restrictions or may damage material. Library staff will determine what may be reproduced and will make the copies if possible.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Hartman at 434.395.2443 or Lydia Williams at 434.395.2432

See also Special Collections Room Usage Policy and Procedures.


  1. Folio Collection – This collection includes oversize books that require a special shelving configuration to accommodate their dimensions. The folios fall into two categories; some are rare books and some titles relate to Virginia history and geography.
  2. Inscribed Books Collection– This collection includes books that have been inscribed by the authors, but that do not fit into any of the Library’s other special collections categories.
  3. Rare Book Collection The treasures in this collection are unique—some because they are signed, some because of their illustrations, some because they are first editions of classics, and some because they are no longer available in print but have enduring value. Rare books may not be taken out of the Special Collections Room.
  4. Virginia Authors Collection This collection includes works by Virginia authors – authors born in Virginia, authors who live in Virginia and authors who have lived in Virginia at the time of writing. Although the collection consists of classic works by authors such as Ellen Glasgow, Mary Johnston, and James Branch Cabell , it is continually enriched through the addition of contemporary publications. Greenwood Library attempts to obtain two copies of each book—a circulating copy available for personal reading and research purposes, and one copy for the Special Collections Room.
  5. Anhui Collection – In 2007 Greenwood Library was the recipient of books from Anhui University of Technology in Ma’anshan, China. The collection, in both Chinese and English, consists of classic Chinese literature including Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en; Three Kingdoms, attributed to Luo Guanzhong; and Dream of Read Mansions by Cao Wuequin and Gao E. This collection also includes pictorial works illustrating China’s antiquities including paintings, sculptures, porcelain, calligraphy, and wood working.
  6. Local Authors Collection This collection includes publications that have been authored by local authors Francis Wood and William Hoffman.
  7. Droessler Collection The Alice in Wonderland Collection was donated to the Library in memory of Carol S. Droessler (Longwood Class of 1950) and presented to the University by her husband, Dr. Earl Droessler of Raleigh, North Carolina, in the spring of 1999. The collection consists of numerous and various editions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland including versions that are in pop-up format and versions that are in different languages. This collection also includes biographies about Lewis Carroll and several of the book’s well-known illustrators.
  8. Edward Gorey Collection Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was a writer, illustrator and designer whose distinctive drawings combined with a morbid wit and a taste for the bizarre earned him a reputation as a rather eccentric individual who produced unusual publications. Gorey’s works are unique graphic creations that are a fascination to all who view them.
  9. Faculty Publications This collection showcases books that have been written by Longwood faculty and administrators over the past one hundred years. The oldest title dates back to 1908 when Columbia University Press published Arithmetical Abilities andSome Factors Determining Them by Dr. Cliff Winfield Stone.
  10. Local History and Virginiana Collection This collection includes materials that relate to Prince Edward County and the town of Farmville, to the surrounding Southside Virginia area, and to Virginia as a whole. The collection also includes materials related to the closing of the schools in Prince Edward County.
  11. Ellen Glasgow and Mary Johnston Collections This collection includes books by notable 20th-century Virginia novelists Ellen Glasgow and Mary Johnston.


Updated: August 2013