Theses & Dissertations Digitization Project

William & Mary Libraries worked for two years on a project to digitize and catalog W&M dissertations and theses going back to 1920 and up until 2015.  The project helps to accomplish many goals:

  • share the developments and research conducted here with scholars around the world
  • preserve the scholarly record
  • increase the impact of theses and dissertations
  • raise the profile of graduate students
  • grow the reputation of William & Mary
  • demonstrate the institution’s impact on local and global communities

As of October 22, 2018, you are now able to view the dissertations and theses included in this retrospective project as well as those which have been submitted electronically since 2016 in W&M ScholarWorks, the university's open access institutional repository.

Below, please find a list of W&M theses and dissertations which have been digitized as part of this retrospective conversion project . The information includes the authors associated with the project, along with their degree-granting department and year of completion. If you wrote a thesis and/or dissertation between 1920 and 2015 would like to opt-out of the project by restricting access to your work to on-campus access only, then you will need to contact scholarworks@wm.edu with your name, date of graduation and thesis or dissertation title. Theses and dissertations will continue to be made available through interlibrary loan (ILL) to other libraries, as they were when they were available in print. If you are a copyright holder for one of these works, and would like to provide additional information about a work, or discuss rights and access to the work, please contact us at scholarworks@wm.edu.

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Title Author Department Year Degree
The slave in the swamp : disrupting the plantation narrative Cowan, William Tynes, 1963- American Studies 2001 Doctor of Philosophy
You are not the father! : family, blood, race and Maury in America Markarian, Robyn Elizabeth, American Studies 2013 Master of Arts
Coming of age in America : Margaret Mead's reconstruction of adolescence for the 1920s Stevens, Sarah Elizabeth, 1978- American Studies 2004 Master of Arts
Friendly meetings : the art of conquest and the mythical origins of Pennsylvania, ca. 1620-1771 Spady, James O'Neil, 1968- American Studies 2001 Master of Arts
Friends departed live : a study of the relationship between schoolgirl mourning pictures, female education, and cultural attitudes toward death in early nineteenth-century eastern Massachusetts Stewart, Janet Elizabeth, 1960- American Studies 1987 Master of Arts
Edith Wharton's travel writing : the making of a connoisseur Wright, Sarah Bird. American Studies 1995 Doctor of Philosophy
Integrating the personal and the political : the body politics in Daughter of earth Shen, Han, 1979- American Studies 2005 Master of Arts
Dying virgins and mourning mothers : a study in American mourning iconography Veder, Robin, 1968- American Studies 1995 Master of Arts
Yorktown shipwreck 44YO88 : stores and cargo from a British naval supply vessel from the American War for Independence Broadwater, John D. American Studies 1989 Master of Arts
Let us now praise service men : a history of the American World War II personal narrative, 1942-1945 Neel, Hildy Michelle. American Studies 1998 Doctor of Philosophy
New land acquisition in the colonial Chesapeake, 1660-1706 : a test of the Malthusian and staples hypotheses Baird, Bruce Chandler, 1956- American Studies 1990 Master of Arts
Authorship and individualism in American literature DeBrava, Valerie, 1964- American Studies 2000 Doctor of Philosophy
The not-so-public history of Colonial Williamsburg's port resident-ferrykeepers : interpreting the Moody family of Capitol Landing, 1715-1781 Scott, Angela Maria. American Studies 2013 Master of Arts
A sketch of sufferings : power and patronage in Daniel Fisher's Virginia 1750-1755 Baker, Wendy Joyce, 1955- American Studies 1992 Master of Arts
Postbellum education of African Americans : race, economy, power, and the pursuit of a system of schooling in the rural Virginia counties of Surry and Gloucester Swenson, Benjamin Andrew. American Studies 2004 Master of Arts
The squared circle and that household box : the relationship between wrestling, television and American culture Stewart, Brian, 1978- American Studies 2001 Master of Arts
The Ainu in U.S.-Japan relations Yaguchi, Yujin, 1966- American Studies 1999 Doctor of Philosophy
The master's merry : Slave prosecutions and punishments in York County, Virginia, 1700 to 1780 Willis, Anne Romberg, 1935- American Studies 1995 Master of Arts
Who controlled cruise? : The 1983 deployment of cruise missiles in the United Kingdom and the post-1945 anglo-american special relationship in defence Donald, Colin James, 1958- American Studies 1989 Master of Arts
Society of souls : spirit, friendship, and the antebellum reform imagination Nelson, Robert, 1973- American Studies 2006 Doctor of Philosophy
Natural hair styling : a symbol and function of African- American women's self-creation Bowles, Juliette. American Studies 1990 Master of Arts
Justice is a perpetual struggle : the public memory of the Little Rock school desegration crisis Devlin, Erin Krutko. American Studies 2011 Doctor of Philosophy
To draw pleasure and instruction : Robert Gilmor, Jr. and collecting the early republic Yorimoto, Janine M., American Studies 2013 Master of Arts
Out of left field : William Saroyan's thirties fiction as a reflection of the great depression Coleman, Hildy Michelle, 1967- American Studies 1992 Master of Arts
African American cultural products and social uplift, the end of the 19th century - the early of the 20th century Zheng, Juan, 1978- American Studies 2004 Master of Arts
Re-shaping documentary expectations : new journalism and direct cinema Zuber, Sharon L. American Studies 2004 Doctor of Philosophy
Private land development in Williamsburg, 1699-1748 : building a community Hellier, Cathleene Betz, 1956- American Studies 1989 Master of Arts
The vermin-killers : pest control in the early Chesapeake Newman, Megan Haley. American Studies 2001 Doctor of Philosophy
Anglo-Siouan relations on Virginia's Piedmont Frontier, 1607-1732 Jones, Joseph Benjamin, 1961- American Studies 1989 Master of Arts
Celebrity and the national body : encounters with the exotic in late nineteenth-century America Nichols, Caroline Carpenter, 1974- American Studies 2008 Doctor of Philosophy
When southern labor stirred : the literary reaction to Gastonia Bradford, Robert Dale, 1960- American Studies 1986 Master of Arts
The corporate person : how U.S. courts transformed a legal phantom into a powerful citizen DeMeola, Zachariah J., American Studies 2015 Master of Arts
The Quaker influence on Nantucket architecture : a case study Gaeta, Anne Elizabeth, 1965- American Studies 1990 Master of Arts
Flying under the radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force : the ongoing politics of space and ethnic identity Diaz, Ella Maria, 1977- American Studies 2010 Doctor of Philosophy
Fixing what has been broken : the United States' actions in the aftermath of the looting of the Iraq National Museum during the 2003 invasion Yost, Jonathan David, American Studies 2013 Master of Arts
The craft of portraiture in eighteenth-century America Fuhrman, Anne Mary, 1962- American Studies 1992 Master of Arts
Agent of change or trusted servant : the eighteenth-century Williamsburg press Berg, Susan Stromei, 1951- American Studies 1993 Master of Arts
Peopling the power structure : urban oriented officeholders in York County, Virginia 1699-1780 Rowe, Linda Hunter, 1945- American Studies 1989 Master of Arts
Sites of southern memory : the autobiographies of Katharine DuPre Lumpkin, Lillian Smith, and Pauli Murray O'Dell, Darlene, 1962- American Studies 1997 Doctor of Philosophy
Absalom, Absalom! and the southern code of honor Gardner, Kevin, 1962- American Studies 1986 Master of Arts
African American civil rights museums : a study of the R.R. Moton Museum in Farmville, Virginia Draper, Christina S., American Studies 2015 Master of Arts
Putting masculinity into words : Hemingway's critique and manipulation of American manhood Barnard, Timothy L. 1967- American Studies 1994 Master of Arts
American dream screams : success ideology and the Hollywood novel between the two world wars Garland, David Travers, 1963- American Studies 1990 Master of Arts
Two steps from the blues : creating discourse and constructing canons in blues criticism Dougan, John M., 1954- American Studies 2001 Doctor of Philosophy
Running on empty : the myth of the automobile in three works by Chester Himes Hailey, Christopher Blair, 1962- American Studies 1992 Master of Arts
Frank LLoyd Wright : architect of an age Boulton, Alexander O. American Studies 1993 Master of Arts
The Fate of the cabinetmaking trade in Williamsburg, Virginia in the post-revolutionary period Hildreth, Linda A., 1957- American Studies 1988 Master of Arts
A social historical exploration of the popularity of The Rockford Files Taormina, Mary Frances, 1965- American Studies 1989 Master of Arts
Fair and tender ladies at Tinker Creek : women writers coming of age Parrish, Nancy C., 1952- American Studies 1993 Doctor of Philosophy
Julia Gardiner Tyler a president's bride and plantation mistress in the age of domesticity Singleton, Elizabeth Marie, 1961- American Studies 1986 Master of Arts