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  • February 18, 2018
    Posted in: Special Collections
    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.
  • February 14, 2018
    Posted in: Special Collections
    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
    Posted in: Special Collections
    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.
  • November 13, 2017
    Posted in: Special Collections
    This past spring Sharon Summers, Charles W. Scandrett, Janet S. Hunt, Barbara J. Kaufman, and Sandra S. Ellender generously donated the Civil War diary of Henry Alexander Scandrett to the Special Collections Research Center. Scandrett fought for the Union during the war and recorded his experiences in the pocket diary.
  • July 19, 2017
    Posted in: Special Collections
    From the warm and welcoming reading room to the frigid ground floor stacks, the Special Collections Research Center offers a wealth of historical resources, right at the heart of campus. I am grateful to have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at the SCRC and explore many of its treasures this summer through Swem Library’s Mosaic Internship Program.
  • November 9, 2016
    Posted in: Special Collections
    If you’re a senior at the College, you may know the Colonial Echo through their emails reminding you to get your portrait taken.
  • October 19, 2016
    Posted in: Special Collections
    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.
  • March 2, 2016
    Posted in: Special Collections
    Photograph of amphitheater ruins, 1979.
  • October 21, 2015
    Posted in: Special Collections
    The Special Collections Research Center, located on the first floor of Swem Library, is hosting an Open House this Saturday, October 24, from 9am-11am.  We will showcase select items from University Archives as well as our general manuscript and rare book collections, highlighting both examples of philanthropy and firsts at William & Mary.  
  • July 23, 2015
    Posted in: Special Collections
    Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center is excited to introduce TribeTrek, a