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William & Mary

This guide provides an overview of sources, both primary & secondary, for conducting research related to William & Mary.

BOOKS

There are over 100 published titles that deal with W&M’s history.  The major works include:

LD6051 .W52 C65 1993     1993 
The College of William and Mary : a history
Godson, Susan H. et al.

 

LD6051 .W52 K35 2007     2007
Hark upon the gale : an illustrated history of the College of William and Mary in Virginia  [2nd ed.]
Kale, Wilford, 1944-

Find More:

To find other works about the College of William and Mary's history, open W&M’s online catalog and enter a search strategy such as this:

                        'College of William and Mary' AND history

Also, please ask at the Research Department for assistance.

ARTICLES

The History of the College of William and Mary from Its Foundation, 1660, to 1874. 1874. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/60235382.

Swem, E. G. “Some Notes on the Four Forms of the Oldest Building of William and Mary College.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 8, no. 4, 1928, pp. 217–307. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1917294.

Swem, E. G. “Proposed History of William and Mary College.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 18, no. 4, 1938, pp. 447–448. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1922979.

Wenger, Mark R. “Thomas Jefferson, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Virginia.” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 103, no. 3, 1995, pp. 339–374. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4249522.

Johnson, Ludwell H. “Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth: Thomas Jefferson and His Alma Mater.” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 99, no. 2, 1991, pp. 145–162. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4249213.

Chandler, J. A. C. “Jefferson and William and Mary.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 14, no. 4, 1934, pp. 304–307. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1923291.

Neil McDowell Shawen. “Thomas Jefferson and a ‘National’ University: The Hidden Agenda for Virginia.” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 92, no. 3, 1984, pp. 309–335. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4248729.

“Presentation of Mace to William and Mary College.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 3, no. 2, 1923, pp. 122–126. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1921510.

Sweig, Donald M. “‘Vert a Colledge....": A Study of the Coat-of-Arms and Seals of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 84, no. 2, 1976, pp. 142–165. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4248030.

Carrell, William D. “Biographical List of American College Professors to 1800.” History of Education Quarterly, vol. 8, no. 3, 1968, pp. 358–374. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/367432.

Kirkpatrick, John E. “The Constitutional Development of the College of William and Mary.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 6, no. 2, 1926, pp. 96–108. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1921518.

“Biographical Sketch of Dr. J. A. C. Chandler-- 1872-1934.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 14, no. 4, 1934, pp. 289–289. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1923287.

Meyers, Terry L. “Benjamin Franklin, the College of William and Mary, and the Williamsburg Bray School.” Anglican and Episcopal History, vol. 79, no. 4, 2010, pp. 368–393. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/42612683.

Swem, Earl G. “The Lee Free School and the College of William and Mary.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 16, no. 2, 1959, pp. 207–213. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1916824.

[History of the College of William and Mary]. 1800. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/60235854.

Stephen Mansfield. “Thomas Roderick Dew at William and Mary: ‘A Main Prop of That Venerable Institution.’” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 75, no. 4, 1967, pp. 429–442. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4247343.

Thomson, Robert Polk. “The Reform of the College of William and Mary, 1763-1780.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 115, no. 3, 1971, pp. 187–213. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/985977.

Smith, Ronald A. “The William and Mary Athletic Scandal of 1951: Governance and the Battle for Academic and Athletic Integrity.” Journal of Sport History, vol. 34, no. 3, 2007, pp. 353–373. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/43611748.

Kornwolf, James D. “‘Doing Good to Posterity’: Francis Nicholson, First Patron of Architecture, Landscape Design, and Town Planning in Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina, 1688-1725.” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 101, no. 3, 1993, pp. 333–374. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4249373.

Thelin, John R. “Cliometrics and the Colleges: The Campus Condition, 1880 to 1910.” Research in Higher Education, vol. 21, no. 4, 1984, pp. 425–437. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/40195664.

Hughes, Robert M. “Additional Interesting Historical Material in the Southern Literary Messenger Relating to the College of William and Mary.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 10, no. 2, 1930, pp. 165–167. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1921122.

Hockman, Dan M. “William Dawson: Master and Second President of the College of William and Mary.” Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church, vol. 52, no. 3, 1983, pp. 199–214. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/42973964.

Bond, Edward L. “A Prologue to the Biography of the Reverend James Blair.” Anglican and Episcopal History, vol. 76, no. 1, 2007, pp. 12–28. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/42613038.

Moliterno, James E. “The Legal Skills Program at the College of William and Mary: An Early Report.” Journal of Legal Education, vol. 40, no. 4, 1990, pp. 535–539. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/42898131.

Landrum, Grace Warren. “Which Hugh Jones?” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 23, no. 4, 1943, pp. 474–492. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1923197.

Cullen, Charles T. “New Light on John Marshall's Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.” The American Journal of Legal History, vol. 16, no. 4, 1972, pp. 345–351. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/844867.

Jones, E. Alfred. “Two Professors of William and Mary College.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 4, 1918, pp. 221–231. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1914754.

Bohannon, J. Gordon. “A Tribute to the Memory of Dr. Lyon Gardiner Tyler, President of William and Mary from 1888 to 1919; President Emeritus, 1919 to 1935.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 15, no. 4, 1935, pp. 334–343. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1919780.

Goodwin, Rutherfoord. “The Reverend John Bracken (1745-1818): Rector of Bruton Parish and President of William and Mary College in Virginia.” Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church, vol. 10, no. 4, 1941, pp. 354–389. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/42968938.

“Proceedings of the Visitors of William and Mary College, 1716.” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 4, no. 2, 1896, pp. 161–175. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4241948.

“Papers Relating to the Administration of Governor Nicholson and to the Founding of William and Mary College.” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 7, no. 2, 1899, pp. 153–172. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4242241.

“Papers Relating to the Administration of Governor Nicholson and to the Founding of William and Mary College (Continued).” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 7, no. 3, 1900, pp. 275–286. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4242262.

“Papers Relating to the Administration of Governor Nicholson and to the Founding of William and Mary College (Continued).” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 7, no. 4, 1900, pp. 386–401. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4242283.

“Papers Relating to the Administration of Governor Nicholson and to the Founding of William and Mary College (Continued).” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 8, no. 1, 1900, pp. 46–64. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4242310.

“Papers Relating to the Administration of Governor Nicholson and to the Founding of William and Mary College.” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 8, no. 2, 1900, pp. 126–219. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4242329.

“Papers Relating to the Administration of Governor Nicholson and to the Founding of William and Mary College (Continued).” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 8, no. 3, 1901, pp. 260–278. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4242355.

“Papers Relating to the Administration of Governor Nicholson and to the Founding of William and Mary College (Continued).” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 8, no. 4, 1901, pp. 366–385. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4242376.

“Papers Relating to the Administration of Governor Nicholson and to the Founding of William and Mary College (Continued).” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 9, no. 1, 1901, pp. 18–29. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4242400.

“Papers Relating to the Administration of Governor Nicholson and to the Founding of William and Mary College (Continued).” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 9, no. 2, 1901, pp. 152–162. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4242419.

“Papers Relating to the Administration of Governor Nicholson and to the Founding of William and Mary College (Concluded).” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 9, no. 3, 1902, pp. 251–262. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4242437.

McCully, Bruce T. “Governor Francis Nicholson, Patron ‘Par Excellence’ of Religion and Learning in Colonial America.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 2, 1982, pp. 310–333. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1918755.

McCulloch, Samuel Clyde. “The Fight to Depose Governor Francis Nicholson--James Blair's Affidavit of June 7, 1704.” The Journal of Southern History, vol. 12, no. 3, 1946, pp. 403–422., www.jstor.org/stable/2198223.

Canby, Courtlandt. “A Note on the Influence of Oxford University upon William and Mary College in the Eighteenth Century.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 21, no. 3, 1941, pp. 243–247. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1919824.

Hughes, Robert M. “WILLIAM AND MARY'S PIONEER AMERICAN LAW SCHOOL.” American Bar Association Journal, vol. 7, no. 6, 1921, pp. 309–309. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/25700876.

Robinson, W. Stitt. “Indian Education and Missions in Colonial Virginia.” The Journal of Southern History, vol. 18, no. 2, 1952, pp. 152–168. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2954270.

Thomson, Robert Polk. “The Reform of the College of William and Mary, 1763-1780.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 115, no. 3, 1971, pp. 187–213. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/985977.

Rightmyer, Nelson Waite. “List of Anglican Clergymen Receiving a Bounty for Overseas Service, 1680-1688.” Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church, vol. 17, no. 2, 1948, pp. 174–182. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/42971984.

Ganter, Herbert Lawrence. “Some Notes on ‘The Charity of the Honourable Robert Boyle, Esq., of the City of London, Deceased.’” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 15, no. 3, 1935, pp. 208–228. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1923178.

Anesko, Michael. “So Discreet a Zeal: Slavery and the Anglican Church in Virginia, 1680-1730.” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 93, no. 3, 1985, pp. 247–278. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4248819.

Brydon, G. MacLaren. “James Blair, Commissary.” Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church, vol. 14, no. 2, 1945, pp. 85–118. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/42969613.

Brown, Elmer E. “Secondary Education in the United States: Historical Sketch. II.” The School Review, vol. 5, no. 5, 1897, pp. 269–285. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1074120.

 

 

DISSERTATIONS & THESES

Theses and Dissertations About the College of William and Mary

Theses and dissertations about the College of William and Mary can be found by searching the library catalog, using the phrase "College of William and Mary" as a SUBJECT search and selecting Thesis/Dissertation as a "material type."  Please ask the librarians at the Research Desk for assistance.

Some division by time period and subject area can be found throughout the the Special Collections Research Center databases 

 

Theses and Dissertations Written by College of William and Mary Students

Search for subjects, titles, and authors:   To find dissertations and theses written by W&M students, about any topic, search the library catalog using the phrase "College of William and Mary" AND (thesis OR theses).

Find the full-text: 

  • An increasing number of master's theses, dissertations, and honors theses are now available in the W&M Digital Archive
  • A copy of every senior honors thesis, master's thesis, and doctoral dissertation written at the College is part of the University Archives in Special Collections. Theses and dissertations can be searched through W&M Libraries' library catalog.
  • Master's theses and doctoral dissertations are also available in Swem Library's book collection
  • Selected years are also available through Dissertations & Theses Full Text, a database available to current College of William and Mary students, staff, and faculty.  To search that database, please start at the library's Library Databases webpage.