Special Collections

August 10, 2018

In September 1931, William & Mary established a Department of Aeronautics. The department was started by President Julian A. C. Chandler, in conjunction with the Riordan School in New York City.  To support the Department, William & Mary, in cooperation with the City of Williamsburg, operated the Williamsburg Municipal Airport.  Almost all of the flight activity centered around the Department’s instruction, however, the field was open to some commercial and private use. According to the 1933 Colonial Echo yearbook and a 1934 issue of the Alumni Gazette, the flight school was the...

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  • Merry and Bright
    March 28, 2018
    Cecil Aldin (1870-1935) was a British artist and illustrator, famous for his portrayal of dogs.
  • March 16, 2018
    Our collection of artists’ books is ever-growing and teeming with innovative ways to redefine the traditional codex; the Old Stile Press is only a small introduction to the craftsmanship found hidden among our Special Collections.
  • March 9, 2018
    The Special Collections Research Center at Swem Library is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for travel grants! 

Feb 2018

  • February 28, 2018
    If you’ve ever had a dog, you are no doubt aware of the amount of dog hair that accumulates on your floor, furniture, and clothes. There have likely been times when you have said something along the lines of “There’s enough hair here to knit a sweater.”  Well, if you ever get the desire to gather up all of that hair for such a purpose, the Chapin-Horowitz Collection of Books on Dogs can hook you up with “Knitting with Dog Hair: A Woof-to-Warp
  • February 18, 2018
    For many black students who attended William & Mary during the 1980s and 1990s, “Dean” was a term of endearment—a title that demanded respect because it identified the power player in their corner—and only one individual carried that distinction: Dean Carroll Hardy.