Special Collections

Special Collections is closed until further notice while William & Mary is under modified academic operations in response to COVID-19. Please email us at spcoll@wm.edu with questions and requests for virtual research consultations as staff will be working remotely.

Visit the W&M Digital Archive to access our digitized manuscript, university archives, and rare book collections. New digitization requests cannot be fulfilled at this time.

The Special Collections Research Center is...

A center for research

A learning lab

A place to connect with William & Mary's past

  • The University Archives collects materials documenting the history of the university from the 1600s to the present.

A major historical repository

  • Focused on Virginia history, our collections include diaries, letters, and other records of the daily lives of Americans of all backgrounds.
  • View our search tool list.
  • See our research guides and just-for-fun YouTube videos.
  • We showcase many of our collections through an active exhibits program.


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A Special Collections account is required to use materials or order digital reproductions from our collections.

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This Week's Hours

Jul 5th - Jul 11th

  • Sunday
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