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McGraw-Page Library: Special Collections and Archives



Special Collections & Archives is open to researchers by prior appointment only. To submit an inquiry for information from our collections or to request an appointment, please use our online form.

PLEASE NOTE: Depending on COVID-19 conditions on campus and in the community, appointments may be unavailable or subject to cancellation. Although the wearing of masks is not required at this time, we reserve the right to require masks if conditions change.

The Yellow Jacket yearbook collection (1899-2011) is available online. This includes all volumes.
The Yellow Jacket newspaper is available online from 1915-2007:

Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives

The Flavia Reed Owen Special Collections and Archives at the McGraw-Page Library houses several significant historical and literary collections in addition to preserving the historic archives of the college. The collection was named in honor of Flavia Reed Owen, the College Librarian from 1946-1984.

Contact Information

For questions about materials contained in the Flavia Reed Owen Special Collections & Archives or to make an appointment to visit, please use our online form.

Other inquiries may be sent to


Special Collections & Archives Associate (vacant)

Laurie Preston, Head of Digital Resources & Scholarship
Phone: (804) 752-4718



Our Collections

The College Archives

The Randolph-Macon College Archives include materials dating from the founding of the college to the present, including books, documents and papers, publications, newspapers, microfilm and microfiche, drawings, photographs, scrapbooks, blueprints, film and audio recordings, and objects and artifacts.

The Collections of J. Rives Childs

J. Rives Childs, a 1912 R-MC graduate, worked as a code breaker during WWI and his papers include correspondence, memoranda, and reports relating to deciphering of German codes during World War I. He also was a bibliophile and during his years in the Foreign Service, he collected extensively, bequeathing his personal collections of editions of Casanova, Henry Miller, and Restif de la Bretonne to the library.

The Casanova Collection

The J. Rives Childs Collection of Casanoviana is one of the world’s most extensive collections of rare editions of Casanova’s Memoires. The collection consists of over 2000 items including numerous rare volumes in many languages. In addition to the Memoires and writings of Casanova, the collection contains numerous bibliographies, biographies, sales catalogs, correspondence, playbills, and illustrations.

The Henry Miller Collection

Mr. Childs’ extensive correspondence with the author Henry Miller as well as a large collection of Miller’s works compose the core of this collection, which also includes other writers and artists who came within Miller's orbit.

The Davis Collection: Intellectual Life in the Colonial South

The Library has the personal book and journal collection of Richard Beale Davis, an R-MC alumnus who won the National Book Award in 1978 for his seminal work, Intellectual Life in the Colonial South, 1585-1763.

Virginia Methodism

Special Collections houses the historic archive of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. The collection documents the history and growth of the Church in Virginia starting in the colonial period through the present. This collection includes books, papers, documents, publications, diaries, photographs, maps, paintings, church silver, filmstrips and projectors, and numerous other types of objects and artifacts.

The Herald-Progress Collection

McGraw-Page Library holds the 40,000 piece archive of the local newspaper, the Hanover Herald-Progress, which includes primarily photographs, but also contains many documents, articles, histories, and memoirs documenting the history of Hanover County, Virginia, and the Town of Ashland from colonial times to the present.

Oral History Projects

Oral History Projects

Living Legacies Oral History Project

The Living Legacies Oral History Project was begun as a way to honor donors and contributors to Randolph-Macon College, many of whom are alumni of the College, with an emphasis on capturing the essence of the student experience at the College over time. The project has expanded to include interviews with additional alumni and others involved with the College in meaningful ways whose stories need to be preserved.

Macon Memories Oral History Project

The Macon Memories Oral History Project captures the stories of faculty, staff, and others with a long-time affiliation with Randolph-Macon College. This project records the personal reflections and experiences of individual people, in the belief that the collective memories will shed broader light on the College's history. This project was created with seed money from the Board of Associates.

One Ashland, Many Voices Oral History Project

The One Ashland, Many Voices Oral History Project was undertaken to record the memories of Ashland residents in celebration of the town's sesquicentennial anniversary.

Other Featured Projects

Other Featured Projects

Yellow Jacket Yearbook, 1899-2011


150th Anniversary Celebration: R-MC Moves to Ashland

A timeline commemorating the 150th anniversary of Randolph-Macon College relocating its campus from Boydton to Ashland.