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William & Mary

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

Preserving Your Material

Organizations may want to review the Tips for Preserving Your Group's History as one tool in ensuring that the history of the organization is preserved for future students and scholars and individuals will find the suggestions provided useful as well! Organizations should also contact Special Collections with any questions or to arrange the transfer of records ( or 757-221-3090).


These guides also include resources about the College of William and Mary:


The University Archives Artifacts Collection, from 18th-century spectacles to a 20th-century plastic frisbee, gives a fascinating tangible view of life and are a rich supplement to the paper records in the University Archives. Most of these highly diverse items are representative of some group or activity at the College, but some are in the Archives because they were owned by a William and Mary-affiliated person. The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is also the keeper of such William and Mary treasures as the College and Marischal Maces that lead all formal convocations such as Charter Day and Commencement, the Rector's, President's, and Chancellor's badges and chains of office, and two of the original stones which marked the boundaries of the College. The maces and badges are usually on display in the SCRC in the Earl Gregg Swem Library.


Online exhibits related to the history of the College of William and Mary are available. Regularly rotating exhibits in Swem Library always also include at least one display related specifically to the College of William and Mary.