Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library

Image from media gallery (interior)
A large arched window is in front of curved circular stairs, which overlook an open space below
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170 McCormick Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22904
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The Harrison/Small building houses the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture, which offers programs, fellowships, and exhibitions. The Institute’s building also houses the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The building also houses permanent and temporary exhibition space. Permanent exhibitions include “Declaring Independence: Creating and Recreating America's Document.”

The Taylor Nook, located on the third floor of the building, is a small quiet space for reading or study.

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A small carpeted room with comfortable seating and a large arched window
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The Auditorium is located on the bottom floor of Harrison/Small and can be booked for University or public events, find out more and request a reservation.

The Special Collections Reading Room is located on the bottom floor of Harrison/Small and provides comfortable seating for use of Special Collections materials. Learn more about planning a visit to Special Collections.

Current exhibition

Featuring the visionary works of writers, artists, and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance whose creative and intellectual pursuits reflected the diversity of contemporary discourses that defined Black American identity and political consciousness — and shaped the ideas and arts of a time and place that would profoundly influence future generations.