Special Collections

Two-page spread of a volume from the Marshall Collection, "Santa Claus and His Works." The right page features a color illustration of Santa creating toys.
December 5, 2019

Derek Vouri-Richard, Ph.D. student in the American Studies Program and SCRC Graduate Apprentice, introduces a new exhibit he curated. Read on to learn more about the history of New York's media industry and the cultural evolution of Christmas into the holiday we know today. Stop by the Swem Lobby this month to check out "A New York Holiday," which features selections from the Nancy H. Marshall “A Visit from St. Nicholas” Collection.

St. Nicholas broadside, 1810 (Library of Congress)

Every year Swem Library exhibits Nancy H. Marshall’s extensive collection of...

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  • A handwritten letter, dated November 18, 1840, from Ann Galt in Norfolk, Virginia to her brother William at UVA. She begins her letter by lamenting "the great loss to the college," the murder of Professor Davis.
    August 28, 2019
    Tracy Melton '85, member of the William & Mary Libraries Board of Directors, considers the words we use to describe crime and death in archival work. Read on to learn more about a nineteenth-century fatality recounted in the Galt Papers.