Collections

As part of William & Mary Libraries, the Special Collections Research Center at Swem Library takes pride in supporting and enhancing teaching and research and in fostering intellectual curiosity, creativity, and lifelong learning. Over the years, many generous donors have enabled us to collect and preserve the diverse array of rare and unique materials so we can continue to fulfill our mission. 

  • Manuscripts
    Over 3,600 collections of unpublished documents of general cultural importance or interest  
  • Rare Books
    More than 50,000 volumes of published works for which few survive, few copies were made, or the physical book’s history or owner make it significant 
  • University Archives
    Close to 1,000 collections comprising the official and unofficial records of William & Mary 

We strive to create a diverse collection for learning and research that belongs to everyone through building meaningful partnerships with campus and community groups based on mutual trust, understanding, and giving. 

Featured Collections

  • Manuscripts

    Ivy Li '23 Photograph, Documenting Life During COVID-19

    This collection of personal reflections and experiences during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic includes this photo taken on March 21st at Los Angeles International Airport. "Although it was midnight, the airport was full of people waiting to board on planes. Most of them were going to return to their home countries."

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  • Manuscripts

    Jefferson H. Clark Collection

    The Jefferson H. Clark collection contains a variety of materials from Clark’s service in World War I, including photographs, documents, Clark’s helmet, and this surgical kit. 

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  • Rare Books

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