W&M Libraries Blog

January 15, 2019
Bursar's Book, 1761 (Office of the Bursar Records, UA 72)

Great news! The Office of the Bursar Records have been digitized and are available for researching, right from your computer.  Why is this significant, you ask?  The majority of W&M’s early historic records were destroyed by fires. The Bursar’s records are some of the earliest surviving records detailing the university’s history, dating from the 18th century. Of particular note are references to individuals enslaved by the institution, as well as references to the Brafferton Indian School. The collection includes reports,...

Previous Posts

Oct 2018

  • Lord Botetourt's Coffin Plate
    October 11, 2018
    This exhibit celebrates the return of Lord Botetourt's coffin plate to the University Archives and commemorates the anniversary of his death on October 15, 1770. This is the first time it has been exhibited on the William & Mary campus since 1956.

Sep 2018

  • September 24, 2018
    Hey, fellow Swem-goers! My name is Alexis and I have been working at Swem Circulation for over a year now. I started out as an assistant, shelving and sorting from the books needed for final papers. Last year, I was able to help deliver books to professors all over campus. And as it turns out, books can bring more excitement when you get to drive them in a golf-cart, trying not to get stuck behind tour groups (otherwise known as flamingos).
  • September 24, 2018
    Recently, Kim Sims, university archivist, and Christina Luers, archives collections specialist, had a unique opportunity to view scientific artifacts at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
  • September 20, 2018
    August 12-18th was the Society of American Archivist’s Annual Conference, held in Washington, D.C.  
  • USS Chaumont
    September 19, 2018
    Cruising for pleasure in 1926 was not quite the same as a cruise ship vacation ride today.
  • September 4, 2018
    TDM helps us discover, through the analysis of complex data sets, new information in the form of trends, patterns, and relationships. 

Aug 2018

Jul 2018

Jun 2018

  • June 28, 2018
    ​There is no doubt that the Williamsburg area is steeped in history. From the first permanent British settlement in the U.S. at Jamestown to the battlefield at Yorktown, and of course Colonial Williamsburg right next to the William & Mary campus, the area it is truly America’s Historic Triangle.