Alma Mater of the Nation

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The Alma Mater of a Nation was used to refer to the College of William and Mary, starting in the late 1960s.

The booklet Alma mater of a nation : a bicentennial sampler for the College of William and Mary was probably published in 1975. William & Mary President Davis Y. Paschall used the phrase in a speech to a joint meeting of the appropriations committees of the General Assembly of Virginia in 1968. The phrase was also used by Mills Godwin, Governor of Virginia, in a Report on the Commission on Constitutional Revision at William & Mary on January 11, 1969.

While Alma Mater of a Nation might still be used by some, Alma Mater of the Nation is preferred (2016, News & Media Team).


Material in the Special Collections Research Center

References

  • Alma mater of a nation : a bicentennial sampler for the College of William and Mary, [Williamsburg, Va.? : s.n.] (probably 1975). In Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center, call number LD6051 .W51d 1965 (Archives).
  • Report on Commission on Constitutional Revision, 1969 January 11, Series 5, Subseries 6, Box 18, Item 129, Mills Godwin, Jr. Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

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