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Personal Symbols

Identifier: id212694

Scope and Contents

Artifacts originally created to communicate a particular personal belief, opinion, achievement, status, rank, occupation, membership, office, or identity. This classification includes articles of adornment or clothing worn primarily for their symbolism; these objects may be assigned additional terms from Category 3 to ensure appropriate cross-indexing. A personal symbol differs from a ceremonial artifact in that it expresses individual ideas, not the ideas of a group, or it communicates the relationship of individuals to a group.


  • Creation: 1693-[ongoing], 1900-2011
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1900-2011


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

English Greek,Ancient(to1453) Hebrew

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open to all researchers. 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.


From the Collection: 4.75 Linear Feet

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository