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Board of Visitors Records, 1757-2014

Board of Visitors Records, 1757-2014
UA 1
96.0 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

The records of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary includes meeting minutes and agendas, matriculation books, correspondence, material from Board of Visitors Rectors Oscar L. Shewmake and Roy Harvey Chappell, Jr., publications, and audio recordings of meetings from 1961-1999.

An index to Board of Visitors meetings for the period 1947-1984 is available in the Special Collections Research Center. Researchers are also encouraged to consult the University Archives Card Catalog which provides more detailed access to particular people or subjects in the College's history.  The card catalog notes where information can be found within the various University Archives collections.

The records of the Board of Visitors are transferred to the University Archives on an ongoing basis with the most recent records held by the Board of Visitors. Please check the Archon finding aid inventory for the most current holdings available.

Information about the current Board of Visitors, including biographies of current members, by-laws and minutes, meeting presentations, and institutional reports, is available online at :http://www.wm.edu/bov

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The collection is arranged into six series: Series 1: Minutes and Agendas of Board of Visitors' Meetings, 1757-[ongoing]; Series 2: Matriculation Books, 1827-1920; Series 3: Correspondence, 1858-1859, 1928-1988; Series 4: Rector's Papers, 1938-1979; Series 5: Publications, 1830-[ongoing]; Series 6: Audiotapes of  Meetings, 1961-1999.
College of William and Mary. Board of Visitors.
Chappell, R. Harvey (Robert Harvey) (1926-)
Office of the President (1693-)
Shewmake, Oscar L. (1882-1963)
Tyler, John (1790-1862)
College of William and Mary--Faculty and Staff
College of William and Mary--History--18th century
College of William and Mary--History--19th century
College of William and Mary--History--20th century
College of William and Mary--History--21st century
College of William and Mary--Students
College of William and Mary. Board of Visitors
Universities and colleges--Administration--United States
Agendas (administrative records)
Sound Recordings

Detailed Description

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Administrative Information

02/28/1920. The records of the Board of Visitors are transferred to the University Archives on an ongoing basis with the most recent records held by the Board of Visitors.
Acc. 2002.080 is closed. Restrictions may apply to other records as well. Consult a staff member for details. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Access Notes
Portions of this collection are stored offsite. Consult staff for assistance. Researchers should use microfilm copies when available.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Various transfers and gifts..

Current minutes and related publications are received on an ongoing basis.

Acc. 1981.088 acquired 08/27/1981, 02/06/1985; Acc. 1982.009 acquired 01/26/1982; Acc. 1982.018 acquired 03/18/1983; Acc. 1982.061 acquired 04/25/1988, 08/09/1984, 09/02/1983, 02/08/1984,  03/06/1984, and 11/23/1982; Acc. 1983.021 acquired 06/01/1983; Acc. 1983.026 acquired 06/01/1983; Acc. 1983.041 acquired 09/09/1983; Acc. 1983.049 acquired 02/20/1983; Acc. 1983.119 acquired 12/01/1983; Acc. 1983.120 acquired 12/01/1983; Acc. 1990.005 acquired 02/28/1920; Acc. 1991.040 acquired 04/16/1991; Acc. 1991.083 was a gift of W. Melville Jones 08/23/1991; Acc. 1992.029 transferred on 6/12/1992; Acc. 2002.074 acquired 07/18/2002; Acc. 2002.080 acquired July 30, 2002; Acc. 2003.007 acquired 07/09/2003; Acc. 2008.068 transferred on 7/18/2008; Acc. 2009.051 transferred on 2/27/2009; Acc. 2009.266 was transferred from the Board of Visitors via Swem Reserves on 6/23/2009; Acc. 2009.280 was transferred from the Office of the President on 7/8/2009.

Acc. 1988.090 was purchased from a dealer; and later removed from the College Papers collection. Acc. 1986.15 was purchased from Sotheby's (New York) on April 23, 1986.

Records from 1943-1962 (32,000 items) were acquired on 10/19/1964 by the Manuscripts division as Mss Acc. 1964-64 and were later transferred to the University Archives.

Related Materials
Records of the Office of the President (UA 2); R. Harvey Chappell Jr. Papers (Mss. 83 C36); Robert Morton Hughes Papers (UA 5.013); Robert Morton Hughes Papers (Mss. 65 H88); Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Papers (UA 2.06); William Booth Taliaferro Papers (Mss. 65 T15); W. Brooks George Papers (Mss. 83 Geo29); University Archives Oral History Collection (UA 43); University Archives Photograph Collection (UA 8); College Papers Collection (UA 14); Vice-President for Business Affairs (UA 63); University Archives Audiovisual Collection (UA 58); and other related administrative records of the College of William and Mary.
Preferred Citation
Board of Visitors Records, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Further description added by Kelsey Kavanaugh, SCRC Student Assistant, in June 2011.
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