Special Collections

Sketch (1979) in blue ink of planned renovations to the Commons Dining Hall to meet physical accessibility considerations.
July 24, 2020

By Jacob Hopkins, Archives & Collections Specialist, with special thanks to Jennie Davy, Ute Schechter, Sara Belmont, Dr. Regina B'tzalya Root, and Dr. Carla Costello for research and editorial assistance

Content warning: In celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we’re sharing some items from the university archives that document William & Mary’s history with accessibility. Some of these twentieth century materials employ language or ideas that are today considered outdated, offensive, or otherwise incorrect.


Jul 2020

  • Table covered in zines and other ephemera
    July 9, 2020
    Did you know July is International Zine Month? To celebrate, Mosaic Fellow Shayna Gutcho introduces zines and their importance in our library.

Jun 2020

  • Pink, handwritten flyer announcing the first meeting of the W&M Gay Student Union for the fall 1997 semester.
    June 30, 2020
    In celebration of Pride Month, discover collections that highlight community and peer LGBTQ+ organizations.
  • Watercolor painting of take out pizza, gloves and Clorox wipes
    June 24, 2020
    Artist Jen Fisher documents the beauty of the everyday, and finding the silver linings in our new normal. Her artwork will become part of the Special Collections' archive of personal experiences and documentaries of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Black and white photograph of a crowd, comprised mostly of Black Americans, marching down a street in Richmond, Virginia.
    June 18, 2020
    Digitized manuscripts reveal the injustices of slavery, the hope for liberation, and opportunities to critically engage with the present.

May 2020

Apr 2020

Mar 2020