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Ali Zawoyski, W&M's new University Archivist. She has blonde-brown hair and wears a blue sweater.
November 8, 2019
Ali Zawoyski, University Archivist

Say hello to a new face at Swem Library! Alissa “Ali” Zawoyski began work as William & Mary Libraries’ new University Archivist on October 25. 

Ali comes to us from the Eberly Family Special Collections at Pennsylvania State University Libraries, where she served as the Collection Management Specialist since 2013. In this role, Ali was in charge of leading collection management projects and accessioning all new archival materials. Before her time at Penn State, she worked at the Centre County Library & Historical Museum in...

Previous Posts

Mar 2018

  • March 16, 2018
    Our collection of artists’ books is ever-growing and teeming with innovative ways to redefine the traditional codex; the Old Stile Press is only a small introduction to the craftsmanship found hidden among our Special Collections.
  • March 9, 2018
    The Special Collections Research Center at Swem Library is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for travel grants! 
  • March 9, 2018
    Hi! My name is Grace and I’ve been working at the Swem Circulation desk for a little over a year now. If you come to Swem often enough you might know me as ‘the girl with the bangs.’ Even though it’s only been a year, I am here so often now some of the full-time Swem staff are convinced that I’ve been here forever!

Feb 2018

  • February 28, 2018
    If you’ve ever had a dog, you are no doubt aware of the amount of dog hair that accumulates on your floor, furniture, and clothes. There have likely been times when you have said something along the lines of “There’s enough hair here to knit a sweater.”  Well, if you ever get the desire to gather up all of that hair for such a purpose, the Chapin-Horowitz Collection of Books on Dogs can hook you up with “Knitting with Dog Hair: A Woof-to-Warp
  • February 18, 2018
    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
    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.
  • February 8, 2018
    On February 8, 1693, the Royal Charter establishing the College of William & Mary in Virginia was written. William & Mary President James Blair brought both English and Latin versions of the twelve page document with him from the Court of William & Mary at Kensington Palace. The original copy of the charter establishing the College was lost about the time of the American Revolution.
  • Malachi Gardiner, University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8
    February 1, 2018
    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.

Jan 2018

  • January 17, 2018
    On the night of Sunday October 16, 1859, twenty-three men emerged from the woods surrounding the town of Harpers Ferry, which sits at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers in present-day West Virginia. Armed with rifles and pikes, their mission was to successfully secure the large cache of weapons kept in the town’s armory and expel the U.S. military from the area.

Dec 2017