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May 26, 2020

 

When the Libraries closed our buildings for safety reasons, students and faculty who rely on our print collections suddenly found themselves in a bind. Even more, grad students preparing for their comprehensive exams in History, American Studies, and Anthropology were left to improvise without many of the print texts they ordinarily would have studied to pass this important step in their academic careers. 

We were able to begin responding to these needs quickly, and the library's collections team made purchasing of e-books and trials of databases as easy and openly...

Previous Posts

Oct 2015

  • October 21, 2015
    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.  
  • October 9, 2015
    Tomorrow, October 10th, is Electronic Records Day. This is the fourth annual Electronic Records Day, which the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) started.
  • October 8, 2015
    Have you ever found an old website with the Wayback Machine or played the 1990 version of Oregon Trail in your browser?
  • October 7, 2015
    This quote from the diary of Civil War chaplain William E. Wiatt documents an unusual aspect of the his duties. The chaplain carried a circulating library for the soldiers he was tending. Wiatt’s diary has been published, but the original is still in private hands. (Alex L. Wiatt. Confederate Chaplain William Edward Wiatt: An Annotated Diary. Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, Inc., 1994.

Sep 2015

  • September 23, 2015
    In 1997, the College of William & Mary purchased property on Ironbound Road from a prominent African American couple, Charles E. (d. 2001) and Zelda DeBerry Gary (d. 2010). He, the owner of the West End Valet Shop and a notary public, and she, a nurse who once worked for the James City County school system, were long-time residents of Williamsburg.
  • September 9, 2015
    The Special Collections Research Center has partnered with William & Mary Libraries to create a Tumblr blog to show some of the treasures we have here in Special Collections along with events, news, exhibits, and behind-the-scenes looks at our work in the archives.
  • September 7, 2015
    Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Laura K. Lawrence of Williamsburg, the commonplace book of Captain Walter Snow of Maryland, a prominent ship captain and lawyer during the nineteenth century, has found a permanent home in William and Mary’s Special Collections Research Center, where it has been digitized and will be preserved for future generations of students and scholars to use and enjoy.
  • September 3, 2015

Aug 2015