Special Collections

Price 1704, Hearth Memorial
Posted on September 14, 2023
Hearth: Memorial to the Enslaved, the week of its dedication, May, 2022

Nov 2016

  • November 9, 2016
    If you’re a senior at the College, you may know the Colonial Echo through their emails reminding you to get your portrait taken.

Oct 2016

  • October 26, 2016
    SCRC has an active instruction schedule during the academic year, as professors from all departments bring their students in to see the amazing materials housed in Special Collections. However, many may be surprised to learn that SCRC houses objects, texts, and ephemera related to virtually every discipline.This week included a reminder of how rich a collection we have related to the arts.
  • October 19, 2016
    This year Kelvin W. Ramsey (Class of 1979), recently donated an additional 159 items to his collection of stereographs and magic lantern slides housed at the Special Collections Research Center.
  • October 10, 2016
    The recent acquisition of seven letters written by Sir Peyton Skipwith and one by Sir Gray Skipwith reveal what Sir Peyton thought of his wife Lady Jean’s library. The library is featured in an exhibit, Exceptional in Any Age, at Swem Library that will run through October 2016.

Sep 2016

  • September 28, 2016
    Tucked among countless other books in the Special Collections stacks of rare books lies a rather unassuming looking text. It is green, with a lone tree pictured in the center of the cover and a grapevine frame going around, with the title, The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, spelled out in gold lettering.
  • September 21, 2016
  • September 8, 2016
    While his family was busy with operating the Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, Norfolk-born Alexander Galt, Jr. (1827-1863) possessed artistic aspirations.

Jul 2016

  • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, October 11, 1918
    July 29, 2016
    On October 11, 1918, an 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook the homes of residents in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Within minutes, the town was inundated by a large Tsunami. Destruction of buildings and homes in Mayaguez and surrounding towns was widespread.
  • July 21, 2016
    By Ellen Cloyed, W&M Libraries Rare Books Cataloger If you like old books, look carefully at any inscription you find within – you may have a valuable treasure as well as an unexpected mystery to solve.
  • July 11, 2016
    Just as Great Britain is on the eve of having its first woman prime minister to serve since Margaret, Lady Thatcher stepped down in 1990, Swem Library’s Special Collections received a few letters written by Nancy, Lady Astor, along with a printed image that she captioned.