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exhibits

  • Flight School exhibit
    June 3, 2019
    Posted in: Special Collections
    Recent visitors to Swem Library will have noticed a change in the exhibit facing the front entrance.
  • October 29, 2018
    Posted in: Special Collections
    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
    Posted in: Special Collections
    As an Exhibit Apprentice in Swem’s Special Collections, I had the opportunity to curate a World War I centennial exhibit.
  • 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.
  • December 20, 2017
    Posted in: Special Collections
  • April 5, 2017
    Posted in: Special Collections
    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.  
  • February 15, 2017
    Posted in: Special Collections
    On February 11 the exhibition, Written in Confidence: The Unpublished Letters of James Monroe, opened to the public.
  • December 21, 2016
    Posted in: Special Collections
    Everyone knows these famous lines even if the rest of the poems escapes them. “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” more popularly known as The Night before Christmas, was written in 1823 by Clement C. Moore (1779-1863) and is a staple in many families’ holiday traditions. But what accounts for the poem’s enduring popularity?
  • December 14, 2016
    Posted in: Special Collections
    In the basement of Swem Library is a room used mostly for storage. Along two walls are machines and wooden cases full of drawers. The machines are printing presses and the cases are filled with type – individual letters cast in metal, designed to be set by hand and printed on the machines.