Special Collections

Starting August 19, Special Collections will reopen for onsite research by appointment only for current William & Mary faculty, students, and staff. We are accepting appointment requests for Mondays-Fridays between 10am – 4pm and require two business days’ notice. Please email us at spcoll@wm.edu with requests for appointments, virtual research consultations, and any other questions.

At this time, we are unable to accept onsite researchers from outside of the William & Mary academic community to protect the health and safety of our campus. As feasible, we will digitize materials for both W&M and outside researchers in accordance with our copy policy, with priority given to internal W&M requests. Visit the W&M Digital Archive to access our digitized manuscript, university archives, and rare book collections.

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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This Week's Hours

Nov 22nd - Nov 28th

  • Sunday
    By Appointment for W&M Faculty, Students, and Staff only
    By appointment for W&M Faculty, Students, and Staff only