Visiting Special Collections: Week 2 Update

This week was filled with more paging through yearbooks. At the end of the week I went to Williamsburg to visit special collections in Swem library. I spent a few hours looking through fraternity and sorority records and photos. I also examined some of records from the William and Mary theatre program to look for evidence of the William and Mary minstrel club. While in Swem, I looked through the Colonial Echo yearbooks from 1996 through 2008 which are not available online. In these yearbooks, I found examples of the many diverse student organizations and cultural celebrations that are now prevalent at W&M.

In the next week, I’ll continue to examine yearbooks and hopefully move on to archives of The Flat Hat. I’ll also be returning to special collections soon to continue looking through university records for supplemental information. I would like to give a huge thank you to the entire team at William and Mary Special collections for making it much easier to conduct my research.