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HRH Prince Charles Collection

Identifier: UA 90

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Scope and Contents

This is an artificial collection of material related to visits to the College of William and Mary by HRH Prince Charles and greetings sent to William and Mary by him. The first item is a volume presented to the university by HRH The Prince of Wales on February 13, 1993. The volume is composed of reproductions of selected portrait engravings of King William III and Queen Mary II from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. Acc. 1987.80 is a framed copy of the Honorary Fellowship certificate awarded to Prince Charles in 1981 signed by President Thomas A. Graves and Edward E. Brickell. The certificate was made by Ames and Rollinson, NY.

Acc. 1989.21 is a typed greeting signed "Charles" sent to the College of William and Mary and read at Charter Day ceremonies in honor of the Glorious Revolution Tercentenary in 1989.

Acc. 1997.15 is a message of recognition of the College's special status in the tercentenary celebration of the Glorious Revolution from Prince Charles and accompanying material. The accompanying material includes a letter from Sir John Riddell to Sir Clive Bossom and a letter from Bossom to President Paul Verkuil along with a text of the proclamation. There are two copies of a London Times article on Prince Charles' opinion of the teaching of English and a handwritten note on it from Sir Clive. There is also a copy of a news photo of Queen Elizabeth II with Queen Beatrix.

Acc. 1982.16 is a scrapbook assembled by the College's University Communications office about the 1981 visit of Prince Charles to the College of William and Mary.


  • Creation: 1981-1993
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1981-1989


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Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open to all researchers. When available, researchers must use reproductions of the original documents. 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.

Conditions Governing Use:

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.

Biographical Information:

Charles Philip Arthur George of Windsor, prince of Wales (since 26 July 1958), prince of Edinburgh (1948-1952), duke of Cornwall since 1952 and of Rothesay, earl of Chester and Carrick, baron Renfew, lord of the Isles and grand seneschal of Scotland (since 1952). Was born 14 Nov. 1948 Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


1.80 Linear Feet

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Portions of this collection are stored offsite. Consult a staff member for details.

Custodial History:

The signed documents were presented during Charter Day celebrations. Acc. 1997.15 was delivered by Sir Clive Bossom on 11 February 1989.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1982.16 transferred by Jacky Von Offenheim of University Communications on 2/8/1982; Acc. 1987.80 transferred by the Office of the President in 1981; Acc. 1989.21 transferred by Mary Anderson of the Office of the President; Acc. 1997.15 transferred from the Office of the President prior to November 25, 1997.


Future accruals are not expected.

Electronic Format:

Photocopy placed in Publications Collection "Charter Day--1989" folder

Related Materials:

University Archives Subject File Collection (UA 9) "Visitors to Campus--Charles, Prince of Wales"; University Archives Publications Collection (UA 11) "Charter Day, 1989"

Guide to the HRH Prince Charles Collection
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository