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Diploma and Certificate collection

Identifier: 2015.Feb.03

Scope and Contents

Over time the Health Sciences Library, Special Collections and Archives has received numerous diplomas and certificates. These have sometimes been single item donations or have come in with larger donations. This finding aid allows users to more easily learn about and locate these items. This collection includes diplomas that span the history of the Medical College of Virginia (MCV), beginning with diplomas issued when it was still a department of Hampden-Sydney College. Also included are diplomas from the University College of Medicine (UCM) which was another Richmond area medical school started by Hunter H. McGuire in 1893. UCM merged with MCV in 1913. There are also diplomas from other medical schools such as the University of Virginia, Jefferson College, and the University of Pennsylvania as well as from various Richmond hospital nursing school programs including St. Luke's Hospital, Old Dominion Hospital, and Virginia Hospital. In addition to the diplomas there are numerous certificates from a variety of medical organizations and from Boards of Examiners. Some items have been digitized and are linked to the digital image, located on the VCU Libraries Gallery site.


  • Creation: 1815-

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.


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The materials are arranged alphabetically by the recipient's last name.


Any future diplomas and certificates acquired by the VCU Health Sciences Library, Special Collections and Archives will be added to this collection.

A Guide to the Diploma and Certificate collection, 1815-
A Collection in Special Collections and Archives, Health Sciences Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Accession number 2015.Feb.03
Margaret T. Kidd
© 2015 By Virginia Commonwealth University. All rights reserved.
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Repository Details

Part of the VCU Health Sciences Library Repository

Special Collections and Archives 509 N 12th St
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Richmond Virginia 23298 USA US
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