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William & Mary Hip Hop Collection, circa 1985-2014

William & Mary Hip Hop Collection, circa 1985-2014
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Scope and Contents

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.

On-line Images/Records
View associated digital content.
The collection is arranged into series with each individual or group constituting its own series.
College of William and Mary--Students--Social life and customs
Hip-hop--Social aspects--Virginia
Hip-hop dance--Virginia
Hip hop culture--Virginia
Radio stations--Virginia
Rap (Music)--Virginia
Rap musicians--Virginia
Teenagers--Social life and customs
Virginia--Social life and customs--20th century
Fliers (printed matter)
Magazines (periodicals)
Musical recordings
Sound Recordings
Unprocessed Materials
DVD:  Afrika Bambaataa interview for the Bronx Museum, 2005
Famous Radio Studio Doors
Soul Sun, "Limitless," CD., circa 2014
Soundloy Productions Presents: 7 City Legacy Mixtape, Volume 1, CD, circa 2014
Stretch Dolla, "The Wrong Time to Hate," CD, circa 2014
The Journal of the Moorish Paradigm, Book 8, signed by Afrika Bambaataa, c. 2007
Versa Kyle, "No Struggle, No Progress," two copies., 2014

Detailed Description

Full Finding Aid/Box List

Administrative Information

09/10/2012. Accruals are expected on an ongoing basis. Contact Swem Library's Special Collections to donate material to the William & Mary Hip Hop Collection (spcoll@wm.edu, 757-221-1775).
Acquisition Note
 Source: Various gifts..
Nearly all material received in 2012-2013 was collected by American Studies Ph.D. candidate Kevin Kosanovich working with Swem Library’s Special Collections.
Related Materials
Archived website.
For more information please see https://wayback.archive-it.org/6106/*/http://icelanddogs.com/.
Preferred Citation
William & Mary Hip Hop Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William & Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
All 2012 and 2013 accessions added by Kevin Kosanovich, Special Collections Staff, in May-August 2013. 2013 accessions 2013.238 and higher were accessed by Amy C. Schindler, University Archivist. Artifacts were described by Jamesha Gibson, Special Collections Staff, in September-November 2013.
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