Archival Collections

Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries

Letter from President Theodore Roosevelt to Cabell
President Theodore Roosevelt to James Branch Cabell, Nov. 2, 1905
Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives holds a number of archival collections related to James Branch Cabell and his literary works. The majority of research materials related to Cabell are found in the following collections:

James Branch Cabell Collection: This manuscript collection consists of letters received by Cabell from a number of American and British authors, some original writings and items the author placed in the volumes of his personal library.

Margaret Freeman Cabell Papers: The papers of Cabell’s second wife, Margaret Waller Freeman Cabell, date from 1910 to 1982. The collection consists of correspondence between Margaret Cabell, James Branch Cabell and their friends, colleagues and business associates.

To locate additional manuscript and archival materials see VCU Libraries Special Collections & Archives Finding Aids and VCU Libraries Search.

Need help getting started? Visit our guide on how to use archival collections at VCU Libraries. Please visit Special Collections and Archives if you have any questions, need research assistance or are interested in visiting our repository.

Other Libraries

To find other archival collections relevant to James Branch Cabell, search the following resources:

University of Virginia Special Collections
The greatest concentration of archival materials related to James Branch Cabell is located at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. To identify relevant resources, search for “James Branch Cabell” in the Virgo search box and limit your search to Manuscript and Archival materials.

Letter from Ted Shawn to Cabell with tickets to show Feb 25 1931
Ted Shawn to James Branch Cabell, Feb. 25, 1931
Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

Archival Resources of the Virginias
Archival Resources of the Virginias is a consolidated database that provides information about the vast array of manuscripts and archival materials housed in historical societies, libraries, museums, colleges and universities across Virginia and West Virginia. 

ArchiveGrid includes more than 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories and more. With more than 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.

WorldCat is a searchable union catalog containing records of library resources around the world. It also holds the records of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections and can be used to locate archival collections and other materials related to Cabell.

James Branch Cabell at SNAC (Social Network and Archival Context Cooperative): A free online resource of reliable descriptions of people, families and organizations with links to relevant collections. SNAC is an international cooperative of archives, libraries and museums working together to build this resource. Cabell’s constellation in SNAC provides links to related material in all participating institutions