Open House this Saturday - Come Visit Us!

The Special Collections Research Center, located on the first floor of Swem Library, is hosting an Open House this Saturday, October 24, from 9am-11am.  We will showcase select items from University Archives as well as our general manuscript and rare book collections, highlighting both examples of philanthropy and firsts at William & Mary.  

Here is a sneak peek at what you can expect to see:

W&M was the first university to be established by a Royal Charter (1693). (UA 77, Royal Charter Collection)

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List of the founding members of Phi Beta Kappa, founded at W&M on December 5, 1776 (UA 7.002, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Chapter Records)

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Originally chartered as a private school, W&M generated revenue in a variety of ways, including rents on land, surveyors' fees, and taxes paid on tobacco, skins, and furs. (UA 72, Office of the Bursar Records)

Also be sure to stop by Swem Library’s Botetourt Gallery, located on the ground floor, for the Author Showcase, featuring alumni and faculty authors.