• Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart appear on the cover of Green Lantern 87
    February 16, 2022
    Altogether, William & Mary’s Richard Wright Collection of Graphic Images of African Americans holds more than 1,500 comics.
  • A student holds a poster advertising Strollin’, on view in the Marshall Gallery at Special Collections in Swem Library.
    February 1, 2022
    Strollin’, a new exhibit on view in the Marshall Gallery (1st floor rotunda in Swem Library), brings together belongings from members of Black Greek-letter organizations (BLGOs) at William & Mary.
  • E. R. Rose cabinet card, verso
    March 23, 2021
    Written by graduate student assistant, Erna Anderson. This exhibit is on view in the Swem Library lobby through April 1, 2021. [[Content warning: This post discusses blackface and gender impersonation.]]  
  • Flight School exhibit
    June 3, 2019
    Recent visitors to Swem Library will have noticed a change in the exhibit facing the front entrance.
  • October 29, 2018
    This year is the 200th anniversary of the release of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.
  • Donuts for Doughboys
    April 11, 2018
    As an Exhibit Apprentice in Swem’s Special Collections, I had the opportunity to curate a World War I centennial exhibit.
  • February 14, 2018
    This year’s Charter Day marked the 325th anniversary of the founding of The College of William & Mary by William III and Mary II, the first and (to date) only joint-monarchs in British history. An exhibition in the lobby at Swem Library brings the focus to William and Mary – the people, not the university.
  • Malachi Gardiner, University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8
    February 1, 2018
    In my everlasting search for materials relating to African Americans in Special Collections, I was pointed to the 1921 edition of the Colonial Echo. Within its worn cover, there is a single page spread entitled “The Dark Side of College Life.” These are the only words. The rest of the page is filled with several black and white photographs of exactly what one might expect – black employees of the College.
  • December 20, 2017
  • April 5, 2017
    Can you type without looking at the keyboard? This used to be a skill taught to people who wanted secretarial or clerical jobs. Now of course many of us type quickly because we use computers on a daily basis.  But what about the predecessor to the keyboard we know? This is it – a typecase, filled with individual letters which had to be assembled by hand to create anything which needed to be printed.