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The 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.  


Much of the information on this site was found in the University Archives within Special Collections. The Colonial Echo yearbook and student newspaper, The Flat Hat, are two of the most commonly consulted resources. 

Find out more

Interested in learning more? Special Collections provides several tools for conducting research of our collections:

  • Search tools - our website has a list of search tools to help you find the different types of materials we have in our collections
  • Guide to conducting research - this guide provides a vast collection of links and resources for conducting research related to William & Mary 

Curious about campus facts and lore? Not finding what you need? Contact us at or 757-221-3090 today!

Share what you know

The SCRC welcomes various forms of support from friends and supporters. We welcome visitors to share what you may know about our collections as well as the traditions, history, and people of William & Mary based on your research or personal experience.

If you would like to share your memories or what you have discovered while using the SCRC's collections, please contact us at or 757-221-3090. We look forward to hearing from you.


Contributions to the SCRC Wiki are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 License.

Want to find out more?

To search for further material, visit the Special Collections Research Center's Search Tool List for other resources to help you find materials of interest.

Questions? Have ideas or updates for articles you'd like to see? Contact the Special Collections Research Center at or 757-221-3090.

A note about the contents of this site

This website contains the best available information from known sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information in this website is not complete, and it changes as we continue to research and uncover new sources.