Special Collections Search Tool List

Find Materials

We provide several tools for finding materials in our collections as well as learning about the history of William & Mary.

Collection Guides

Find manuscripts and university archives with these finding aids

Library Catalog

Search our rare book collections of nearly 35,000 titles

Digital Collections

Find select university archives and collections that are digitized for online viewing

Oral Histories

Our collections celebrating African-Americans and women at W&M


Learn about the history of W&M


Request Materials

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.

Special Collections Request System (Aeon)

Create an account and send requests for materials


Additional Tools

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

Research Guides

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.

Virginia Heritage Project

Search this consolidated database of over 13,000 finding aids from across Virginia

Digital Virginias

Provides digitized collections from Virginia and West Virginia institutions, including our James Monroe collection