University Archives

The University Archives is the memory of the College of William & Mary, documenting its history from before the founding in 1693 to the present. Most of the collection dates from the late 19th century forward, although many earlier documents, artifacts, and images do still exist. 

How to Find University Archives:

The University Archives include:

  • Official records created in William & Mary's daily operations
  • Personal papers
  • Organizational records
  • Photographs
  • College publications
  • Video and audio recordings
  • Books and articles written by or about William & Mary people
  • Scrapbooks & photo albums
  • Artifacts
  • Electronic records
  • Theses & dissertations
  • And much more.

Disruptions in the University's Documentary Record:

  • The Wren Building burned in 1705, 1859, and 1862, destroying many of the original records.
  • Records were lost during the American Revolution and the Civil War; battles during both were fought in William & Mary's backyard.
  • From 1888 on, most of William & Mary's vital records are available.