The collection is open to all researchers unless otherwise noted on the recording or transcript.
Researchers may only use the electronic version of the Frances Robb interview.
Series 5: Colonial Williamsburg Oral History Project, can only be accessed for in-house use only. 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 publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Permission for the Lester Cappon and Frances Robb interviews must be obtained from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
The bulk of the University Archives Oral History Collection consists of transcripts and recordings of oral history interviews conducted as a part of various projects at the College of William and Mary with administrators, faculty, students, and alumni.
The specific projects include the College's oral history program from the 1970s, an oral history program sponsored by the University Archives beginning in the 2000s, "Stony the Road We Trod," and the Stephens Project. The collection also contains recordings that were done as part of Colonial Williamsburg's Oral History Project in 1930.
Whenever possible, interview transcripts, audio, and/or video are available online. See item records and the links to digital content (most often in the W&M Digital Archive at http://digitalarchive.wm.edu) for details.
A card catalog located in the SCRC indexes the interviews from the 1970s available in this collection. The card catalog was maintained and added to through January 2007. In 2007, the card catalog was digitized and each card is now available in PDF form. The cards can be searched at http://cf.swem.wm.edu/beta/cards
When searching the online version of the card catalog researchers should use the phrase "oral history" (without quotation marks) and either the name of the individual or subject of interest. For instance, a researcher may wish to use terms such as: "oral history Paschall" (without quotation marks) to review the topics indexed in the oral history of Davis Young Paschall; or "oral history admissions" (without quotation marks) to find the interviews of individuals who discuss admissions at the College in their oral history interview. The public is encouraged to contact the Special Collections staff (firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-221-3090) for assistance.
Information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/College of William and Mary">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/College of William and Mary</a>.
Click on the green arrow next to an interviwee's name to access the interview material online. Note that some interviews are available only in Swem Library.
Established in memory of Stephen H. Snell and Stephen E. Patrick, the Stephens Project seeks to document the stories of the lives of William & Mary GLBTQ alumni, faculty, staff, and students. It is a long range (multi-year) oral history project coordinated by Swem Library, which will record the personal experiences of individuals while concentrating on their years at or associated with William & Mary. The project will focus on memories relative to the William & Mary years and their impact on later life including recalling what gay and lesbian life was like at that time at William & Mary, coming out stories during the college years, the impact of being gay or lesbian at William & Mary, experiences related to William & Mary GALA, Inc. as well as student, faculty and staff groups, and other memories. See https://swem.wm.edu/news/stephens-project for more information.
This interview of Drew Emery was conducted October 24th, 2009 as part of the William and Mary GALA Stephens Oral History Project by Amy Schindler and Troy Davis. Emery graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1986 with a BA in Theatre and received his Master’s degree from the University of Virginia. The interview focuses mostly on Emery’s time at William and Mary and his film “Inlaws & Outlaws,” released in 2005.
In a separate session, Andrew Emery discusses his film and answers questions after a screening of the movie at the College of William and Mary on October 23rd, 2009. The event was sponsored by William & Mary GALA. The Q&A session focuses on the film in general, but also includes discussion of contemporary politics.
Oral histories conducted by the Williamsburg Documentary Project (WDP) are available online from the the DSpace at William and Mary digital repository at http://dspace.swem.wm.edu/dspace/handle/10288/453. The WDP of the College of William and Mary "strives to collect and preserve the rich past of Williamsburg, Virginia." The WDP conducts oral history interviews and other projects to interpret Williamsburg's post-colonial history including a number of interviews related to the College of William and Mary.
See also the oral histories conducted by the Archives and Records Department of Colonial Williamsburg.