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black and white photo of the Wren building from the 19th century

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The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC ) Knowledgebase is the home for quick facts and answers to frequently asked questions about William & Mary history, local history, and other popular research topics. Articles are based on materials in the William & Mary Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center and are updated frequently.

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