Great Depression

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The College of William and Mary During the Great Depression

During the Great Depression projects at the College of William and Mary included Mataoka Park (work completed by the CCC, which had a CCC Camp on campus) and loans for the buildings Marshall-Wythe Hall (today's James Blair Hall), Taliaferro Hall, an amphitheater (Zable Stadium). There was also supposed to be a student activities building, but all of the bids exceeded the estimates and it was not constructed. The College received assistance from the Works Progress Administration in beautifying the grounds and constructing walks (a request for assistance to grade the Sunken Garden the previous year was denied). William and Mary's Norfolk Division (predecessor to Old Dominion University) received federal assistance for building construction.

Material in the SCRC

  • The College of William and Mary : a history, Godson, Susan H., Johnson, Ludwell H., Sherman, Richard B., Tate, Thad W., Walker, Helen C. (Helen Cam), (1993), volumes 1-2 (check Swem's online catalog for availability).

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