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University Archives Oral History Collection

Identifier: UA 43

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Scope and Contents

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 ) for details. Some digital files are restricted to reading room acess only and require at least 72 hours advanced notice for access.

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.


  • Creation: 1959-2018 and undated


Conditions Governing Access:

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.

Conditions Governing Use:

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.


8.00 Linear Feet

5.2 Gigabytes




Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged in five series: Series 1: College Oral History Program; Series 2: Stoney the Road We Trod; Series 3: University Archives Oral History Project; Series 4: Stephens Project; Series 5: Colonial Williamsburg Oral History Project.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Digital files require at least 72 hours advanced notice for access.

Custodial History:

The interview of Richard L. Morton was first accessioned by the Manuscripts Department (Mss. Acc. 1973-20) on 6/1/1973 from the interviewer Rebecca Mitchell.

Acquisition Information:

While the Oral History Collection as a whole does not have an accession number, two of the oral history interviews contained within it do: Davis Young Paschall, Acc. 1980.018 and Lester J. Cappon, Acc. 1981.071.


Future accruals are expected.

Related Materials:

Oral histories conducted by the Williamsburg Documentary Project (WDP) are available online from the the DSpace at William and Mary digital repository at 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.

Processing Information:

Acc. 2010.424 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in March 2011. CDs in Series 5 migrated in 2019.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository