Special Collections Search Tool List

Manuscripts and Archives Collection Guides

Search for manuscripts and University Archives. First place to search for University Archives and has the most up-to-date information about collections. Includes some digitized materials. 

Oral Histories

Home to our collection of oral history videos honoring the 50th and 100th anniversaries of the first African American and women students at W&M, as well as other unique stories.

W&M Digital Archive

Find digitized materials from Special Collections and University Archives. Includes historical University Archives records, manuscript collections, The Flat Hat,  and Colonial Echo,

Special Collections Wiki

Find frequently asked questions and quick facts.  Much of the information is about or related to William & Mary.  

W&M Libraries Transcription and Exhibit Collections

Search our digitized manuscripts from the Civil War era and the transcriptions that are being created for each document by volunteers. Additional material like William & Mary Choir and Chorus scrapbooks are also being added to the transcription site as they are digitized by volunteers. The exhibits site provides an in-depth glimpse at some of our collections that have been digitized or on display in Swem Library. 

Research Guides

Want help starting your research on a topic? We have research guides available on topics ranging from  early American history to African Americans to women to William and Mary to possible thesis topics and more.

Library Catalog

Search for manuscripts, rare books, dissertations & theses, and newspapers.

Paper Card Catalogs

  • University Archives Card Catalog
    Search this card catalog after you have exhausted the Special Collections Database. The card file of this index is available in Special Collections.

  • Flat Hat-Alumni Gazette-William and Mary News Card Catalog
    Until 2001, staff indexed The Flat Hat, Alumni Gazette, and the William & Mary News by subject and personal name. This index is available as a card file in Special Collections. These newspapers are available in Special Collections, on microfilm, and in the W&M Digital Archive

  • Other Card Catalogs
    We have other card catalogs available in our lobby that may not yet be fully transcribed in the Special Collections Database, including a map catalog, a visual arts catalog, and a catalog indexing a portion of the manuscript collection. The Tucker-Coleman collection also has its own card catalog for a portion of its 18th and early 19th century correspondence.

Virginia Heritage Project

Search this database of guides to identify archival and manuscript collections in Virginia. The contents of the database represent only a small percentage of each institution's holdings.