William & Mary Hip Hop Collection
Scope and Contents
Established by American Studies Ph.D. Kevin Kosanovich working in Swem Library’s Special Collections, the William & Mary Hip Hop Collection is the most comprehensive of its kind dedicated to Virginia’s hip hop culture and history from the 1980s to the present. The collection includes oral histories committed to preserving and documenting Virginia’s rich hip hop past, as well as recordings of hip hop music, publications, and ephemera created by Virginia and Virginia-based artists, collectives, and businesses. Additionally, the collection documents the origins and impact of hip hop culture on college campuses throughout the state by collecting records of hip hop based student organizations, college radio stations, events and concerts with a special focus on William & Mary itself.
Oral History are available for most artist, and a brief summary of each is available . The majority of Oral Histories have been made available online and are linked directly from this finding aid. However, some interviews are available only in Swem Library's Special Collections.
Sound recording are available for many artist, and where possible, these to are availalbe through links from this finding aid. The sounds tracks very from individual to mulptiple tunes per artist.
Other digitized materials include photographs, record covers and flyers, and to a lesser extent written documents.
- Creation: circa 1985-2014
- Creation: Majority of material found in 2012-2014
Language of Materials
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The current arrangement by artist is preliminary. and will change as a result of processing.
Additional information will continue to be added as the collection is more fully processed. Box 1 contains multiple accessions, boxes 2 and 5 contain multiple oversize accessions, box 3 contains audio CDs, and box 4 contains LPs. Artifacts are housed separately, and described here at the item level.
Nearly all material received in 2012-2013 was collected by American Studies Ph.D. candidate Kevin Kosanovich working with Swem Library’s Special Collections.
Accruals are expected on an ongoing basis. Contact Swem Library's Special Collections to donate material to the William & Mary Hip Hop Collection (email@example.com, 757-221-1775).
Whenever the library receives multiple copies of CDs, one copy will be transferred to the Music Library where it will be made available for check-out.
Not fully processed yet. Please contact a staff member for help: firstname.lastname@example.org
Genre / Form
- Fliers (printed matter)
- Magazines (periodicals)
- Musical recordings
- Sound Recordings
- College of William and Mary--Students--Social life and customs
- Hip hop culture--Virginia
- Hip hop--Virginia
- Hip-hop dance--Virginia
- Hip-hop--Social aspects--Virginia
- Radio stations--Virginia
- Rap (Music)--Virginia
- Rap musicians--Virginia
- Teenagers--Social life and customs
- Guide to the William & Mary Hip Hop Collection
- In Progress
- Special Collections Staff.
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- May 12th, 2017: All 2012 and 2013 accessions added by Kevin Kosanovich, Special Collections Staff, in May-August 2013. 2013 accessions 2013.238 and higher were accessed by Amy C. Schindler, University Archivist. Artifacts were described by Jamesha Gibson, Special Collections Staff, in September-November 2013.