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John Selby Papers

Identifier: UA 6.064

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The collection includes class material, student work, professional papers, and other material created by Professor John Selby during his career in the Department of History at the College of William and Mary.


  • Creation: 1965-2000

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access:

This collection contains material which may be restricted related to personnel matters and student records. A Special Collections Research Center staff member must review the collection for restricted material before any researchers may use the collection. Consult a staff member for assistance. 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:

College of William and Mary faculty member in the Dept. of History. Lecturer, 1963-1966; Associate Professor, 1966-1970; Professor, 1970-1987; William E. Pullen Professor of History, 1987-1999; William E. Pullen Professor of History, Emeritus, 1999-2001; Acting Dean of Graduate Studies, 1968-1970; Graduate Dean of Arts and Sciences, 1971-1981; Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 1986-1987.

Selby also served as assistant director of research at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and for many years as book review editor of the William and Mary Quarterly. Selby was well-known for his book The Revolution in Virginia, 1775-1783 (Charlottesville, 1988). Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


9.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is not fully rehoused, arranged, or described. Consult a staff member for assistance.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2008.163 received sometime prior to 2007.

Processing Information:

Collection is currently unprocessed and was not accessioned at the time it was added to Archon. A preliminary inventory on the exterior of the boxes was prepared by an unidentified SCRC staff member prior to 2007. Acc. 2008.163 was accessioned from the backlog on 12/12/08 by Amy C. Schindler

Guide to the John Selby Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository