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The Library's new exhibitions interface features dozens of exhibitions from the mid 1990s to the present. Check back as new exhibitions are added and past exhibitions are updated and republished.

  • Private Passions, Public Legacy : Paul Mellon's Personal Library at the University of Virginia

    Spotlight: Private Passions, Public Legacy : Paul Mellon’s Personal Library at the University of Virginia

    In May 2000, the University of Virginia Library received 447 rare books, manuscripts, and maps from the estate of Paul Mellon. Celebrated as a philanthropist, art collector, and breeder of thoroughbred horses, Mellon was also a passionate book collector and amassed one of the greatest libraries of original documents of American history. Although Mellon was originally from Pittsburgh, he adopted Virginia as his home state and, through his bequest, ensured that items from his collection significant to Virginia history remained in the Commonwealth. "Private Passions, Public Legacy" is the first full-scale display of a collection that has been in private hands for over half a century.