Alma Mater of the Nation

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The Alma Mater of a Nation has been used to refer to the College of William and Mary since about the 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 in speeches, but this attribution requires further research to definitively disprove he was the first person to use it in reference to William & Mary.


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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).


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