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The Virginia Room: Collection Development Policy

Collection Development Policy and Guidelines

The Richard Bland College Library's Special Collections serve to preserve the history of the college and surrounding area. Therefore, we collect and preserve materials in four areas: 

1. College Archives: The Library collects and preserves materials that document the history of Richard Bland College from its founding in 1960 to the present. Materials include official records of the college's daily operations, personal papers, publications, photographs, video recordings, books, and articles written about the college, books and dissertations written by RBC faculty/staff, and artifacts. 

2. Richard Bland (1710-1776):The Library collects and preserve materials related to the college's namesake, including genealogies, family history, and artifacts from his grave site. 

3. Tri-Cities and Surrounding Counties:The Library collects and preserves materials about the history of Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell. 

4. Rare Books: The Library preserves donated books published before 1801. Books published between 1801-1850 will be judged according to condition, rarity amongst libraries nationwide, and if it is signed by the author. 

Notable Titles and Artifacts

A selected bibliography of Virginia, 1607-1699, by E.G. Swem [and] John M. Jennings, with the collaboration of James A. Servies.

The Bayonet : remembrance book of Camp Lee, Virginia.

The first seventeen years; Virginia, 1607-1624, by Charles E. Hatch.

Heads of families at the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790. Records of the state enumerations: 1782-1785. Virginia.

John Smith's map of Virginia, with a brief account of its history, by Ben C. McCary.

Tobacco in colonial Virginia; the sovereign remedy, by Melvin Herndon.

Virginia immigrants and adventurers, 1607-1635 : a biographical dictionary, by Martha W. McCartney.