Past Exhibits

  • In honor of the College of William and Mary's annual Charter Day Ceremony on February 7, 2009, an exhibit case of material was available for viewing near the entrance to Swem Library. Items on display included the first page of the 1693 Charter granted to the College by King William III and Queen Mary II reproduced from the Charter in Swem Library, items from the Charter Day ceremonies featuring Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and U.S. President and William and Mary Chancellor John Tyler, and information about Charter Day speaker Sen. Jim Webb, and honorary degree recipients director of the Museum of Modern Art Glenn Lowry and author and historian John Hope Franklin.
  • As the United States celebrated the 56th formal inauguration of a president, the smooth transition of power in this republic is notable.
  • Using programs, posters, photographs, uniforms and clothing, artifacts, audio recordings, publications, and other materials from Swem’s Special Collections Research Center, the exhibit provided a general overview of music at the College of William and Mary, with a major emphasis on student groups.
  • Most people today know Moore’s enchanting tale of the mysterious Christmas Eve visitor, St. Nicholas. Moore, a noted theologian and biblical scholar, wrote this classic more than 180 years ago. Nancy H. Marshall started collecting Clement Clarke Moore’s poem, The Night Before Christmas, over 45 years ago. At first, she bought inexpensive editions to put in her children’s stockings and decorate her home during the Christmas holiday. As time passed, her collection became more comprehensive. She began to take every opportunity to acquire both the rare and scarce early editions and the more contemporary twentieth-century editions. While in retirement, she continues collecting today.
  • Book lovers who appreciate the glory of a beautifully-decorated binding will rejoice in Swem Library's new exhibit, featuring publishers' bindings.
  • Swem Library at the College of William and Mary presents the exhibit, “From the ’Burg to Berlin and Beyond: World War II at Swem Library.” Using letters, diaries, posters, photographs, sheet music, and other materials from Swem’s Special Collections Research Center, the exhibit provides a general overview of the War, with a special emphasis on the College and Williamsburg. The first four sections of the exhibit are in the Marshall Gallery; the remainder are in the SCRC.
  • Earth Visions/Visiones Terrestres is an exhibit of original poetry and photography by W&M students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.   Contributions bring into dialo