Special Collections

The Beggar Boys Thanksgiving, F.G. Weller No. 339, Littleton New Hampshire
November 16, 2022

Although National Thanksgivings were periodically proclaimed from Colonial times in America, Thanksgiving as a Holiday was not formally adopted until Abraham Lincoln declared a day of Thanksgiving in 1863.

Oct 2021

Jun 2021

  • June 30, 2021
    Recently, I began a process to show my appreciation to William & Mary, in a modest way, for my education and to give something back to the College as I approached the 50th anniversary of my graduation in 1970.

May 2021

Apr 2021

  • Admission sign at Stockade Theatre
    April 28, 2021
    Over the winter and spring of early 1941, a towering landmark rose on the rural landscape less than two miles from downtown Williamsburg. The structure housed the screen for the Stockade Theatre Auto-Torium at Casey’s Corner, where Richmond and Ironbound Roads intersect.

Mar 2021

  • Recipes and household tips taken from newspapers and pasted into the back of The Virginia House-wife.
    March 29, 2021
    My favorite kinds of materials in archives are the ones we might describe colloquially as “well-loved,” where you can tell that someone—or perhaps more than one someone—spent hours writing, reading, and thinking about a topic.
  • First page of Lady Jean Skipwith's ledger
    March 25, 2021
    Sometime between 1795 and 1826, Lady Jean Skipwith made an account of the flora on her property. [i] A pocket-sized notebook, now in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), contains her handwritten list of plants.
  • 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.]]  
  • Allen Ginsberg at W&M, 1971 Colonial Echo, vol. 1, p. 95 (Photo by Bruce Nyland)
    March 8, 2021
    Beatific. Sympathetic. Spiritually illuminated. An ecological, fresh-planet consciousness. So Beat writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac described their work, their art, their lives.

Feb 2021

  • Stamped book cover
    February 8, 2021
    In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, protestors in Bristol toppled the statue of Edward Colston (1636-1721) in an act representative of an accelerated global reckoning with the legacies of enslavement and colonialism.

Dec 2020