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
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.