Independent researchers for hire

This list of independent researchers is offered as a service to our patrons who need research work beyond the limitations of our library. Each person on the list is an experienced researcher who is generally familiar with our collections. All arrangements for research to be performed, fees paid, and method and timing of payment are strictly private between the patron and the independent researcher.


Nicholas Cummins

Charlottesville, VA (434) 960-0475 

Nicholas Cummins works at the University of Virginia School of Law and holds a Master’s degree in Library & Information Science and a Bachelor’s degree in History. His undergraduate work focused on Modern European History, and his graduate degree focused on academic librarianship, including reference service at the University of Virginia Special Collections Library. His research interests include history, theology, philosophy, photography, political theory, and bibliography.


Deborah Harvey

Lovingston, VA (434) 242-6385 

Debbie Harvey is a certified genealogist and handles all types of genealogical queries for Virginia and portions of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Her specialties are in the central Virginia area using migration, land, and tax records.


Gwen Wells

Charlottesville, Virginia, (434)

Gwen Wells is a history interpreter at both James Monroe’s Highland and James Madison’s Montpelier, and a volunteer in the archives of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. She holds Masters degrees in Library and Information Science and Archival Studies and a Bachelors in U.S. History. Her focus is on American culture in the colonial and early national period. Gwen is willing to travel to chase research leads and she possesses an uncanny ability to decipher and transcribe handwritten documents.