Past Exhibits

  • Red beads strung into letters to form the text "We Define Our Selves" on a person's bare back

    Zine Making for Self-Exploration and Expression

    April 23, 2021 to June 20, 2021

    Before social media gave users the freedom to share their lives and perspectives, zines radically challenged the publishing industry’s standards, providing a way to spark dialogues about unaddressed subjects and share works by largely underrepresented authors.

  • Labeled "Nat & Me at Yorktown," this photo features a couple standing in front of their car with Williamsburg license plates, circa 1940.

    Shining a Light on the Everyday Lives of Black Americans

    February 26, 2021 to April 21, 2021

    In this exhibit, we have centered on more private aspects of the lives of Black Americans based on source materials housed in Special Collections with the hope that it will help challenge ideas of who belongs in an exhibit.

  • Activities and Activism at William & Mary

    October 2, 2020 to October 29, 2020

    Healthy Together is not just social distancing, it is also about finding and maintaining a community in the midst of upheaval and uncertainty that help you feel safe and seen.

  • Illustration detail of Santa riding a camel

    Printing Christmas in the Nineteenth Century

    December 2, 2019 to January 6, 2020

    This year’s exhibit considers the changing role of Christmas symbolism, including Moore’s poem, within the developing New York City publishing scene during the nineteenth century.

  • Illustration of people silhouetted in colors of the rainbow
    April 19, 2019 to December 31, 2019

    GSWS faculty confront existing ideological frameworks in which women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and other underrepresented groups are marginalized.

  • Three William & Mary women

    100 Years of Women in 20 Artifacts

    March 14, 2019 to August 18, 2019

    This exhibit highlights the history of W&M women through the artifacts they owned, created, and used during their time at the university.

  • Icon for Narrating Herstory

    Oral Histories Commemorating 100 Years of Coeducation at W&M

    September 22, 2018 to July 7, 2019

    Narrating Herstory is a dynamic exhibit featuring the complex, inspiring stories of women who experienced these inaugural years firsthand and who transformed campus for the generations to come.

  • Eleanor Harvey christens the SS William & Mary victory ship, 1945

    100 Years of Women at William & Mary

    August 20, 2018 to July 1, 2019

    Justly Belongs serves to commemorate William & Mary women and acknowledge the one hundred-year journey of making William & Mary their home.

  • Illustration of the word "type"

    Printing from the Fifteenth Century to Today

    November 16, 2017 to June 30, 2019

    In our digital age, it is sometimes easy to forget about the importance of printing in human history, particularly as many people now almost never hold a physical newspaper or book in their hands.

  • Circle divided into quadrants with illustrations for each season

    Selected Cookbooks from Swem Library's Special Collections

    July 18, 2017 to June 16, 2019

    Broadly centered on the theme of seasonality, this exhibit draws on a collection of cookbooks and recipe books housed in Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center to explore what individuals and communities ate, how they labored, and how they coped with centuries of changes in availability and access to foods.