In 2001 the VSO board moved to establish an archive at the University of Virginia’s Alderman Memorial Library in Charlottesville. Those records are now in the Albert and Shirley Small, Special Collections Library, a component of the Alderman Library, and include the business records of the VSO, copies of VSO publications, the papers of Fred Scott, records of the Marion Bird Club, the records of Tony Decker, Woody Middleton, Charles Vaughn, VARCOM historical records and much more. The Special Collections Library is UVA’s focal point for archival material concerning literature and nature in Virginia and is a beautiful facility you should visit. It is important to continue the preservation of important documents and field records and other historical material relating to Virginia’s bird life and those who have studied it.
The VSO continues to solicit appropriate materials to add to the archive and if you have or know of material that you believe should be considered for inclusion in the VSO archive, please contact Bruce Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Such materials become the property of the University of Virginia which will ensure that the materials are preserved and made accessible to the public. To view what records are currently available go to the University of Virginia Library website (www.lib.virginia.edu) and after using the link for the Virgo library catalogue type in “Virginia Society of Ornithology.” If you find documents of interest you may then visit the Special Collections Library where library staff will pull the documents for you to read or copy.