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WCWM Records

Identifier: UA 7.043

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  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The WCWM collection includes copies of the station publication i>, station logs maintained by DJs, news clippings about the station, playlists, correspondence, photographs, and related material. Recordings include shows, the presidential debate between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter held at the College of William and Mary in 1976, station promos by performers, related broadcasts, and public service announcements from the 1980s to 2008. WCWM is the student-run radio station at the College of William and Mary. It broadcasts in southeastern Virginia on 90.9FM


  • Creation: 1938-2008
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1970-2008


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Conditions Governing Access:

The 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.

Historical Note:

WCWM is the student-run (and only) radio station at the College of William and Mary. It broadcasts through southeastern Virginia on 90.9FM and through the world online. The station has a noncommercial educational license and broadcasts music of all styles and in a variety of show formats.

Current information about WCWM is available at WCWM


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Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is organized into four series: Series 1: Administration, 1938-2007; Series 2: Correspondence, 1970-2007; Series 3: Publicity, 1970-2007; Series 4: Audio Recordings, circa 1970-2007.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Audio recordings may require equipment not readily available for playback. Consult a staff member for details.

Custodial History:

The records include those created by WCWM as well as material given to the radio station by former student DJs and staff. A portion of the collection was formerly part of the University Archives Publications Collection. Some of the audio recordings are copies created by Rebecca Suerdieck for Anne Gessler when Gessler was researching the history of WCWM. Suerdieck was affiliated with WCWM around 1986-1989.

Acquisition Information:

A portion of this collection was formerly part of the University Archives Publications Collection and was received in various transfers and gifts prior to 2007. An accession was received in 2006; Accession 2007.003 was transferred on May 15 and 16, 2007, by Anne Gessler of WCWM; Acc. 2008.096 was transferred on 9/1/2008 by WCWM; Acc. 2008.097 was transferred on 9/4/2008 via Dan Siepmann of WCWM.

Related Materials:

Current information about WCWM, including issues of Vinyl Tap, is available at See also the University Archives Audiovisual Collection (UA 58); University Archives Poster Collection (UA 12); Student Assembly Records (UA 7.028); Williamsburg Documentary Project Collection (UA 351).

Information about related materials is available at

Separated Materials:

A CD of Vinyl Tap was separated from Series 3 and was transferred to Series 4, Box 10 on 3/3/2009.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Jordan Ecker in January-March 2008.

Guide to the WCWM Records
Finding Aid Authors: Jordan Ecker.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository