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==Construction and Renovations==
 
==Construction and Renovations==
 
Detailed discussions of plans for the library were held in 1963<ref>Minutes of the Board of Visitors, January 5, 1963, p. 84-92; March 23, 1963, p. 135-138.</ref> and the groundbreaking ceremonies were held later that year on October 11, 1963, at Phi Beta Kappa Hall. The actual groundbreaking occurred a few weeks after the ceremonies.<ref>''The Flat Hat'', 11 January 1963, 1.</ref> The cornerstone of the library was laid on October 22, 1964, and the building was scheduled for completion around December 1965.<ref>''The Flat Hat'', 17 September 1965, 4.</ref> The building officially opened on January 4, 1966, although it was not fully complete.<ref>''The Flat Hat'', 14 January 1966, 1.</ref> The official dedication ceremony for the library was held on Charter Day, February 12, 1966. The Tucker-Coleman Room of the library was dedicated on November 11, 1966.<ref>Minutes of the Board of Visitors, January 14, 1967, 320; ''The Flat Hat'', 11 November 1966, 1.</ref>
 
Detailed discussions of plans for the library were held in 1963<ref>Minutes of the Board of Visitors, January 5, 1963, p. 84-92; March 23, 1963, p. 135-138.</ref> and the groundbreaking ceremonies were held later that year on October 11, 1963, at Phi Beta Kappa Hall. The actual groundbreaking occurred a few weeks after the ceremonies.<ref>''The Flat Hat'', 11 January 1963, 1.</ref> The cornerstone of the library was laid on October 22, 1964, and the building was scheduled for completion around December 1965.<ref>''The Flat Hat'', 17 September 1965, 4.</ref> The building officially opened on January 4, 1966, although it was not fully complete.<ref>''The Flat Hat'', 14 January 1966, 1.</ref> The official dedication ceremony for the library was held on Charter Day, February 12, 1966. The Tucker-Coleman Room of the library was dedicated on November 11, 1966.<ref>Minutes of the Board of Visitors, January 14, 1967, 320; ''The Flat Hat'', 11 November 1966, 1.</ref>
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A seven-year renovation was officially completed in 2005 with rededication ceremonies officially marking the completion on February 5, 2005, during the College's Charter Day weekend.
 
A seven-year renovation was officially completed in 2005 with rededication ceremonies officially marking the completion on February 5, 2005, during the College's Charter Day weekend.
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*  Cost: $ 36.3-million
 
*  Cost: $ 36.3-million
    * Fund Source - General Fund, GOB/BCBA and Private Funds
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* Fund Source - General Fund, GOB/BCBA and Private Funds
    * Renovation GSF: 168,105
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* Renovation GSF: 168,105
    * Expansion GSF: 100,009
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* Expansion GSF: 100,009
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    * Progress: The Media Center and ground floor are complete. All public portions of the building are now occupied. The Special Collections area is complete. The Building Committee has been dissolved.[http://www.wm.edu/construction/swem.php]
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* Progress: The Media Center and ground floor are complete. All public portions of the building are now occupied. The Special Collections area is complete. The Building Committee has been dissolved.[http://www.wm.edu/construction/swem.php]
  
 
The campus heating and cooling project provided for construction of a centralized cooling & heating plant for new campus, housed in the new Swem Library Pavilion “B.” Phase 1 installs distribution piping through the new campus. Phase 2 includes the installation of chillers and supporting equipment in the basement of Swem. Phases 3 and 4 provide distribution and hook-up to the New Campus facilities from Swem.
 
The campus heating and cooling project provided for construction of a centralized cooling & heating plant for new campus, housed in the new Swem Library Pavilion “B.” Phase 1 installs distribution piping through the new campus. Phase 2 includes the installation of chillers and supporting equipment in the basement of Swem. Phases 3 and 4 provide distribution and hook-up to the New Campus facilities from Swem.

Revision as of 00:36, 21 January 2009

Earl Gregg Swem Library is located on Landrum Drive (formerly Old Campus Drive), across new campus from Andrews Hall at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The library is named for Earl Gregg Swem, College Librarian from 1920-1944. [1]

Construction and Renovations

Detailed discussions of plans for the library were held in 1963[2] and the groundbreaking ceremonies were held later that year on October 11, 1963, at Phi Beta Kappa Hall. The actual groundbreaking occurred a few weeks after the ceremonies.[3] The cornerstone of the library was laid on October 22, 1964, and the building was scheduled for completion around December 1965.[4] The building officially opened on January 4, 1966, although it was not fully complete.[5] The official dedication ceremony for the library was held on Charter Day, February 12, 1966. The Tucker-Coleman Room of the library was dedicated on November 11, 1966.[6]

Swem Library, 1966
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At the time of its completion, the ground floor of Swem Library contained the Botetourt Gallery, an auditorium, the Institute of Early American History and Culture offices, a rare book room, an honors room, a museum, an audio/visual department, a film preview room, and a faculty lounge. The first floor contained a reserve room, an after-hours reading room, a reference department, and typing and meeting rooms. The second floor contained administration rooms, conference rooms, and stacks.

A fire in the Botetourt Theater in 1972 destroyed a projection booth.[7] A Micro Computer Lab opened in the library on February 13, 1984.[8]

Construction officially began on an addition to the front of the library on March 3, 1986, to provide extra stack space, reading areas, administrative offices, and a 24-hour study room and snack area. O.K. James Construction Co. led construction.[9] The addition was dedicated on February 5, 1988.

A seven-year renovation was officially completed in 2005 with rededication ceremonies officially marking the completion on February 5, 2005, during the College's Charter Day weekend.

Swem Library, 2005
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  • Cost: $ 36.3-million
  • Fund Source - General Fund, GOB/BCBA and Private Funds
  • Renovation GSF: 168,105
  • Expansion GSF: 100,009
  • Start Date:
  • Finish Date: December 2004
  • Progress: The Media Center and ground floor are complete. All public portions of the building are now occupied. The Special Collections area is complete. The Building Committee has been dissolved.[1]

The campus heating and cooling project provided for construction of a centralized cooling & heating plant for new campus, housed in the new Swem Library Pavilion “B.” Phase 1 installs distribution piping through the new campus. Phase 2 includes the installation of chillers and supporting equipment in the basement of Swem. Phases 3 and 4 provide distribution and hook-up to the New Campus facilities from Swem.

   * Cost: $ 4.8-million
   * Fund Source - General Fund and GOB/VCBA
   * GSF: Not applicable
   * Start Date: May 2003
   * Finish Date: August 2004
   * Design Team: RMF Engineering
   * Contractor: Phase II only –Hampton Roads Mechanical
   * Progress: Completed.[2]

Botetourt Gallery

In 2007, the following portraits were displayed in the Botetourt Gallery:

  • John Lesslie Hall (1856-1928). Professor of English (1888-1928), Dean of the Faculty (1905-1928). Portrait, oil painting on canvas. Artist, Adele Williams. Signed "Adele Williams" in top left corner.
  • J. Wilfred Lambert (1906-1986), Dean of Students 1945-1969. Portrait, oil painting on canvas. Artist, David Silvette. Painted in 1981. Signed by artist.
  • W. Melville Jones (1901-1992), Professor of English at William and Mary (1928-1971), Dean of the Faculty (1958-1964), Dean of the College (1964-1968), College’s first vice president in 1968, Chancellor Professor of English, Emeritus (1971). Portrait, oil painting on canvas. Artist, Thomas E. Thorne. Painted in 1965. Signed by artist.
  • Earl Gregg Swem (1870-1965), Librarian (1920-1945) and Librarian Emeritus (1945-1965). Portrait, oil on canvas. Artist, Bethuel Moore, painted in 1938.
  • Kremer Jacob Hoke (1878-1944), Professor of Education (1920-1944), Dean of the College (1922-1938), Dean of the School of Education (1934-1938). Portrait, oil painting on canvas. Artist, Ellis M. Silvette.
  • James Hardy Dillard (1856-1940), Member, Board of Visitors (1918-1940), Rector (1919-1940). Portrait, oil painting on canvas. Artist Bethuel Moore. Painted in 1936. Property sticker #253714 Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Kate Waller Barrett (1858-1925) Member, Board of Visitors (1921-1925). Portrait, oil painting on canvas. Artist Eugenie Deland Sangstad. Signed by the artist, "Eugenie Deland Sangstad 1928".
  • James Branch Cabell (1879-1958) Class of 1898; author and critic. Portrait, oil painting on canvas. Artist, Jean Field.
  • Westmoreland Davis (1859-1942), Governor of Virginia 1918-1922, known for increasing funding to Virginia's colleges and universities. Portrait, oil on canvas. Artist, Leopold Seyffert.
  • Mrs. Westmoreland Davis (1867-1963). Portrait, oil on canvas. Artist, Irving Ramsay Wiles, signed and dated, "Irving R. Wiles / 1931". Plaque reads "Mrs. Westmoreland Davis/In Recognition of her World War work, and of the love and courage with which Mrs. Davis ministered unto our suffering people of Virginia In the Epidemic of Influenza, 1918, this Portrait is presented by Friends to the College of William & Mary.”
  • Molly Elliot Seawell, Virginia author and essayist (1860-1916), grandniece of President John Tyler. Portrait, oil painting on canvas. Artist J.W.L. Forster, inscribed JWL Forster. Inscribed on a sticker on verso of painting "Muscarelle Museum of Art College of William & Mary Williamsburg" and inscribed on frame "1860-1916".

Photographs

  • Colonial Echo, 1965 p. 135; 1969 p. 9; 1977 p. 30.

External Links

References

  • University Archives Buildings File (2007), Swem Library, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William and Mary.



  1. Minutes of the Board of Visitors, May 11, 1963, p. 162-164.
  2. Minutes of the Board of Visitors, January 5, 1963, p. 84-92; March 23, 1963, p. 135-138.
  3. The Flat Hat, 11 January 1963, 1.
  4. The Flat Hat, 17 September 1965, 4.
  5. The Flat Hat, 14 January 1966, 1.
  6. Minutes of the Board of Visitors, January 14, 1967, 320; The Flat Hat, 11 November 1966, 1.
  7. The Flat Hat, 12 May 1972, 1.
  8. William and Mary News, 24 January 1984, 5.
  9. The Flat Hat, 14 March 1986, 3.