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Meridian Coffeehouse Records, 1996-[ongoing]

Identifier: UA 7.056

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Scope and Contents

Fliers and logbooks from the student-run Meridian Coffeehouse at William & Mary.  The fliers advertise events such as music shows, jam sessions, poetry readings, holiday parties, discussion groups, film screenings, creative performances, dance parties, and other events.  Some specialized events include John Waters Eve, Divination Night, Alice in Wonderland Night, Body Painting and Drum Circle, the opportunity to star in "Greg's Greasy Lust Movie," fundraiser concerts, and "Infoshop" presentations on literature and activism.  Party themes include Feminist, Spacedrugsrobots, Cross Dressing Cross Decade, and Black Valentines Day.  Included is a print-out of an article from the Virginia Informer about a robbery at the Meridian in November 2009.

Each logbook contains artwork and written entries by the Meridian staff and customers from a given semester.  Many entries are addressed to the Meridian staff and customers, discuss or reflect on the Meridian, or discuss other aspects of college life.  Administrative documents such as sign-up lists and fliers are sometimes included. Some of the logbooks contain pictures of Meridian staff and people associated with the Meridian, as well as pictures of Meridian events like "Grits Wrestling."  A forward in the Meridian's 5th logbook (Fall 1997/98) details the goals of the logbook at that time.


  • Creation: 1996-[ongoing]

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Conditions Governing Access

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.

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 / Historical

The Meridian Coffeehouse is a student-run coffeehouse, music and art space, and substance-free venue for creative and intellectual expression. Further information is available on their TribeLink page Meridian Coffeehouse.


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Custodial History

Portions of this collection were previously part of the Student Organizations Collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acc. 2011.049 was hand delivered to the SCRC by the donor on 1/24/2011.

Related Materials:

University Archives Poster Collection (UA 12), University Archives Photograph Collection (UA 8), Williamsburg Documentary Project (UA 351), series 2, box 4.

Separated Materials

The fliers and announcements were pulled from the Student Organizations Collection and were added to this collection in January 2011.

Processing Information

Acc. 2011.049 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman in January 2011. Further arrangement and description by Becky Little '12, SCRC Staff, in February 2012.

Guide to the Meridian Coffeehouse Records
Finding Aid Authors: Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, Becky Little, SCRC Staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository