College Archives

The Randolph-Macon College Archives include materials dating from the founding of the college to the present, including books, documents and papers, publications, newspapers, microfilm and microfiche, drawings, photographs, scrapbooks, blueprints, film and audio recordings, and objects and artifacts.

How to Find Materials in the College Archives

The Archives collection can be accessed in two ways. Many materials in the archives are catalogued in MaconCat, the library's online catalog. For those materials that are not catalogued, you will need to use the finding aids below.

Two published histories of the college provide an excellent overview:

Scanlon, James.  Randolph-Macon College: A Southern History. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983.

Irby, Richard. History of Randolph-Macon College, Virginia. Richmond, Va : Whittet & Shepperson, 1890.

The Irby history is available online at the Internet Archive.

What Are Finding Aids?

Finding aids provide a very brief guide to what's available in the archives. Materials that are not catalogued can be searched in the finding aids. Generally, materials are organized according to a President's tenure.

Finding Aids:

  • General History of Randolph-Macon*
  • President Robert Blackwell: 1902-38
  • President J. Earl Moreland: 1939-67
  • President Luther White: 1967-79
  • President C. Ladell Payne: 1979-97

The Library also holds the papers for President Roger H. Martin: 1997--2006, although no finding aid is available. Contact Mary Virginia Currie ( or Laurie Preston ( for assistance with any collections, exhibits or other items housed in the Flavia Reed Owen Special Collections and Archives Room.

*includes materials up to 1939 and R-MC presidents to 1902.