Special Collections Search Tool List
We provide several tools for finding materials in our collections as well as learning about the history of William & Mary.
Find manuscripts and university archives with these finding aids
Search our rare book collections of nearly 35,000 titles
Find select university archives and collections that are digitized for online viewing
Our collections celebrating African-Americans and women at W&M
Learn about the history of W&M
Our materials are not available for checkout, so you will need to submit a request for us to pull the items and make them available for viewing in our reading room on a scheduled date, or for us to create a digital reproduction.
Create an account and send requests for materials
We also provide several additional websites for engaging with our collections, as well as a card catalog for University Archives, once you have exhausted our other searches.
An on-going effort to transcribe our collections of Civil War manuscripts, women's diaries, and more
An in-depth look at some of our digitized collections
Archivist-written guides to help you get started with your research project
Searching beyond Special Collections
Included below are useful resources for searching wider archival collections of Virginia. W&M Libraries and Special Collections are partners in both of these projects and share our collections with them.
Search this consolidated database of over 13,000 finding aids from across Virginia
Provides digitized collections from Virginia and West Virginia institutions, including our James Monroe collection