Exhibits

  • The First Library of the College

    In the late seventeenth century, colleges usually built their library collections from donations, not college funds. The main donor for William & Mary’s first library was Francis Nicholson, the royal governor of Virginia, who gave over 200 volumes in 1698.
  • In Alphabetical Order

    This exhibit features a selection of the varied materials found in Swem Library's Special Collections, arranged from A to Z.
  • Honoring Local Leaders: Rev. Curtis Harris

    Over the course of a fifty-year career, Rev. Harris has served his community of Hopewell, Virginia, not only as a civil rights activist, but also as political official and religious leader.
  • Tribe Pride

    Tribe Pride: William & Mary Athletics Display uses photographs, artifacts, and publications housed in the University Archives to showcase history of intercollegiate sports at William & Mary.
  • Joseph Palin Thorley

    Featuring documents, photographs, and selected ceramic works from the Joseph Palin Thorley Papers in Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center, this exhibit provides unique insights into the many facets of his life as an artisan, scholar, soldier, and historian.
  • The Warren E. Burger Office

    Special Collections is home to the papers of the late Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States.

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