We have launched a project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement from 2011-2015.
The “From Fights to Rights” project has three aspects:
- A series of public programs and exhibits in Swem Library
- The digitization of theses and dissertations by W&M alumni on Civil War and Civil Rights topics and their inclusion in the W&M Digital Archive
- A volunteer effort to transcribe manuscripts from the Civil War era (documents from the Civil Rights Movement will be transcribed in the future)
We also continue to develop our collections in these subject areas, including the long period of integration at the College of William & Mary. Our wonderful special collections are due to the generosity of many people who have given personal or family papers, organizational papers, and other items over the years. We continue to rely primarily on donations, both monetary and material, to build our collections. Whenever possible, gifts are previewed for suitability before being accepted. If you are interested in donating material or funds to purchase material, please contact our Development Office.
The project was named by William and Mary alumnus Charles E. Fulcher, Jr. ’99 in a contest held by Swem in early 2011.