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Born-Digital and Digitized Materials, bulk: 2017-07-08 - 2018

Identifier: 2

Scope and Contents

Some materials contain highly sensitive content.

This series consists of digital photographs, video recordings, typed narratives, archived web pages, archived tweets and twitter IDs, and digitized analog audio/visual recordings. The first subseries consists of digital photographs, video recordings, and typed narratives submitted via an online portal on the “Unite the Right” Rally and Community Response digital collection website, and include descriptive information, dates, and locations provided by the donors. The digital photographs include pictures of KKK members and of protesters taken during the July 8 KKK rally, pictures of “Unite the Right” protesters, counter-protesters, and police taken during the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally, and pictures of events, memorials, memorabilia that document the community response to the events of August 11 and 12, 2017. The digital photographs and video recordings document moments of the July 8 KKK rally and August 11 and August 12 rallies. The contents of these materials detail the movements of people in Charlottesville leading up to the confrontations that took place on July 8, and on August 12 at Market Street Park (formerly known as Lee Park and later Emancipation Park) when violence errupted. They also exhibit the many examples of the responses from the community of Charlottesville in the form of temporary memorials, like flowers, signs, messages written on walls. The narratives describe the personal accounts and experiences of individuals from events that occurred on August 11 and 12, 2017, and also reflections on white supremacy and violence in Charlottesville. The narratives document some of the emotional responses to events of August 11 and 12, 2017. The second subseries consists of archived webpages relating to the “Unite the Rght” rally made accessible via the provided hyperlink, which directs researchers to the “Unite the Right” Rally and Community Response web archive on the University of Virginia's instance of Archive-It. The collection includes archived websites and webpages in various formats (blogs, news websites, and social media) relating to the “Unite the Rght” rally and its aftermath. Hyperlinks to articles, blogs, listservs, community sites, and other web content from the wake of August 11 and 12, 2017 were gathered and archived from 2017 through 2020. The third subseries includes archived social media that reveals some of the conversation around Charlottesville as a political focal point on Twitter. Tweets and Twitter datasets that were captured using Twarc, Twitter APIs, Archive-It, and webrecorder during and after August 11 and 12, 2017, and on the one-year anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally are distributed across the political spectrum. A wide range of hashtags for Charlottesville, hoosagainsthate, and hoostogether were captured for the collection, as well as timelines and accounts from the university and from the city of Charlottesville. The fourth and final subseries are digitized analog materials. This includes content from a set of two audiocassettes, and from a compact disc. The audiocassettes include recorded songs dedicated to the events of August 11 and 12, 2017, and were donated with a printed track listing. The compact disc was sent to Mayor Mike Signer’s office accompanying a letter expressing criticism of the mayor and of the Charlottesville City Council.


  • Majority of material found within 2017-07-08 - 2018

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. The story donated by Michael McGee requires permission from the donor prior to use. Consult repository for details.


From the File: 17.6 Cubic Feet

From the File: 100 Gigabytes

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States