Books to use for College history research

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For your research related to the College of William and Mary, you should begin by reviewing the guide from Swem Library on conducting research about the College of William and Mary.

Subject Headings

Researchers may wish to use the following subject headings in searching Swem Library's online catalog for relevant books, theses, dissertations, etc.

  • College of William and Mary
  • College of William and Mary--History--18th century.
  • College of William and Mary--History--19th century.
  • College of William and Mary--History--20th century.
  • College of William and Mary--History--Chronology.

General College

  • The College of William and Mary : a history, Susan H. Godson, et al, Williamsburg, Va. : King and Queen Press, Society of the Alumni, College of William and Mary in Virginia, c1993. Reference collection, Swem stacks, Archives books: Call number: LD6051 .W52 C65 1993
  • Traditions, myths & memories, 1693-1993 : celebrating the tercentenary of the College of William and Mary in Virginia / narrative by Wilford Kale ; graphic design by Greta Matus ; primary photography by C. James Gleason, [Williamsburg, Va.] : King and Queen Press, c1992.
  • Hark upon the gale : an illustrated history of the College of William and Mary / by Wilford Kale ; foreword by Mills E. Godwin, Jr., Norfolk, Va. : Donning Co., c1985; 2007. Reference collection, Swem stacks, Archives books: Call number: LD6051 .W52 K35 2007
  • Their Majesties' Royall Colledge : William and Mary in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, J.E. Morpurgo, [Williamsburg] : College of William and Mary in Virginia, 1976.


Colonial Period

  • So good a design : the colonial campus of the College of William and Mary : its history, background, and legacy, James D. Kornwolf, Muscarelle Museum of Art, 1989; available in Swem stacks, Swem Special Collections, & online: LD6051 .W53 K67 1989.
  • "So well endowed" : economic support of the College of William and Mary during the colonial period, Kristin A. Zech, Honors Thesis, LD6051 .W5m Hist., 2001, Z42 (does not circulate and is not available for interlibrary loan; contact the Special Collections Research Center for assistance)
  • Alma mater of a nation : a bicentennial sampler for the College of William and Mary, Archives Book LD6051 .W51d 1965 (does not circulate and is not available for interlibrary loan; contact the Special Collections Research Center for assistance)
  • "So good a work" : the Brafferton school, 1691-1777, Karen A. Stuart, MA Thesis, 1984. Swem stacks, Archives book collections: LD6051 .W5m Hist., 1984, S78 (available for interlibrary loan requests).
  • See the Guide to Early American History Resources in the SCRC.

19th Century

20th Century

Legal or Law School

  • A growing number of resources are available in the William & Mary Law School Scholarship Repository.
  • Legal education in Virginia, 1779-1979 : a biographical approach / [compiled and edited by] W. Hamilton Bryson, Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1982.

Football

See Football at William and Mary for the most up to date list of sources.

  • Goal to goal : 100 seasons of football at William and Mary, by Wilford Kale, Bob Moskowitz, and Charles M. Holloway ; foreword by Davis Y. Paschall (1997); Available in the Archives Book collection in the SCRC, Swem stacks, and from other libraries: call numberGV958 .C6 K34 1997
  • Kickoffs and kickbacks : the 1951 football scandal at William and Mary, Joan Gosnell, Thesis (M. A.), College of William and Mary: 1990. Available in the Swem Library stacks and SCRC: call number LD6051 .W5m Hist., 1990, G68.
  • American excursion, J.E. Morpurgo, London, Cresset Press, 1949. The British Morpurgo was a student at the College of William and Mary and this book includes an account of his impression of his experience includi


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To search for further material, visit the Special Collections Research Center's Search Tool List for an overview of the Special Collections Database, W&M Digital Archive, Flat Hat-William & Mary News-Alumni Gazette index, card catalogs, and other tools available to help you find material of interest in the Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center.

Questions? Contact the Special Collections Research Center at spcoll@wm.edu or 757-221-3090, or visit the Special Collections Research Center in the Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary.

A Note About The Contents Of This Wiki
The information available in this wiki is the best available from known documents and sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of the College of William and Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information available here is the best available from known documents and sources at the time it was written. Information in this wiki is not complete as new information continues to be uncovered in the Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center and elsewhere. Researchers are strongly encouraged to use the Special Collections search tools for their research as the information contained in this wiki is by no means comprehensive.