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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives:
A Guide to Resources in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

Table of Contents - Preface/Acknowledgements - Abbreviations
Lists of Entries: District of Columbia - Maryland - Virginia

University of Virginia
General Collections

Address: Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA 22903-1431
Telephone Number: (804) 924-4984
Fax Number: (804) 924-1431
Contact Persons: George Crafts, Selector for materials in Christianity & Judaism
Internet Catalog Address: Telnet to, login as virgo, terminal type vt100; or follow link from the Library's homepage at

Access Policies

Hours of Service:
Monday--Thursday 8:00 a.m.--Midnight
Friday 8:00 a.m.--9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.--6:00 p.m.
Sunday Noon--Midnight
Open to the public: Yes
Photocopying:: Yes
Interlibrary loan: Yes

Annotations to access policies.

Reference Policy:
Telephone and mail queries are accepted if the questions can be answered in a short period of time.
Borrowing Privileges:
Borrowing privileges are for students and staff of the University and residents of Virginia. Bring a photo identification card if you are from Virginia and wish to borrow.
OCLC, RLIN, CRL. Holdings are listed in OCLC. Researchers may use OCLC's FirstSearch and RLIN's Eureka.
Background Note:
Founded in 1819.
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Description of Collections

Books and monographs:
According to the National Shelflist count of 1989, the general collections of UVA contain nearly one million items in the area of religion (BL-BX). This number includes both monographs and bound serials. Most books were published in the 20th century. The strengths of this collection are in the following areas: patristics, early Christianity, the origins of Christianity, literature as an expression of religion, and Eastern Christianity, Orthodox Christianity and the Eastern Christian Church.

SIRSI, the computer catalog, covers about 99% of this collection.

Periodicals and newspapers:
Approximately 270 periodical subscription, most from the 20th century to the present. This collection's subject emphases mirrors those of the book collection.

SIRSI, the computer catalog, covers this collection.

Databases, CD-ROMS, and other machine-readable sources:
Bar Ilan's Judaic Library; CETEDOC Library of Christian Latin Texts; Henkind Talmud Text Databank; Patrologia Latina Database; Soncino Talmud on laser disc; Thesaurus Linguę Gręcę; Packard Humanities Institute CD-ROM.

Subject Headings

Christianity and literature; Church history; Early Christianity; Eastern churches; Eastern Orthodox Church; Ethics; Judaism--History--Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D.; Patristics

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