Through January 18, Special Collections will be closed to researchers, but staff will be working on site. Beginning Tuesday, January 19, Special Collections will be open for onsite research by appointment only for current William & Mary faculty, students, and staff. We will accept appointment requests for Mondays-Fridays between 10am – 4pm and require two business days’ notice. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- Our original manuscripts, rare books and periodicals and other materials are valuable teaching resources.
- Learn more about how we support faculty research and instruction.
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
Jan 17th - Jan 23rd
SundayClosedMondayClosedTuesdayBy appointment for W&M Faculty, Students, and Staff onlyWednesdayBy appointment for W&M Faculty, Students, and Staff onlyThursdayBy appointment for W&M Faculty, Students, and Staff onlyFridayBy appointment for W&M Faculty, Students, and Staff onlySaturdayClosed