Established by American Studies Ph.D. Kevin Kosanovich working in Swem Library’s Special Collections, the William & Mary Hip Hop Collection is the most comprehensive of its kind dedicated to Virginia’s hip hop culture and history from the 1980s to the present. The collection includes oral histories committed to preserving and documenting Virginia’s rich hip hop past, as well as recordings of hip hop music, publications, and ephemera created by Virginia and Virginia-based artists, collectives, and businesses. Additionally, the collection documents the origins and impact of hip hop culture on college campuses throughout the state by collecting records of hip hop based student organizations, college radio stations, events and concerts with a special focus on William & Mary itself.
A brief summary of each oral history is available and when the interviewees have agreed the interview is made available online to the public linked from this finding aid. Some interviews are available only in Swem Library's Special Collections.
Additional information will ontinue to be added as the collection is more fully processed. Box 1 contains multiple accessions, boxes 2 and 5 contain multiple oversize accessions, box 3 contains audio CDs, and box 4 contains LPs. Artifacts are housed separately, but described here at the item level.
When the library has received multiple copies of CDs, a copy will be transferred to the Music Library where it can be checked out.