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University Archives Audiovisual Collection

Identifier: UA 58

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The University Archives Audiovisual Collection is an artificial collection of various audio and visual formats documenting the College of William and Mary campus, events, people, etc. The collection contains analog, magnetic, and digital media and while not comprehensive, it does include material from a variety of time periods and types of events including commencements, Charter Day, building dedications, lecture series, Raft Debates, visiting scholars and distinguished guests, athletic events, and much more.  Researchers are encouraged to verify with staff the format of individual items and availability for immediate use. Many items in the collection will require preservation reformatting before they can be used.


  • Creation: 1930-2015
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1985-2005


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Conditions Governing Access:

This 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.


7.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Arranged by format. This collection is being arranged and described on an ongoing basis.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

All material must be reviewed by staff in advance of viewing with many audio and moving image types requiring reformatting before they may be accessed.


Additional material is added to this collection on an ongoing basis.

Separated Materials:

A VHS video cassette tape was pulled from the Office of the President, Timothy J. Sullivan, Acc. 1998.024, and was added to this collection in February 2011.

Twelve cubic feet of videocassette tapes and films of game footage from the William and Mary football team were pulled from Acc. 2011.535 of the Department of Athletics Records (UA 181), and were added to this collection on 8/15/2011.

One DVD was pulled from the Office of the President, Timothy J. Sullivan, Acc. 2006.007, and was added to this collection in February 2012.

Audiovisual material from the Gentlemen of the College were pulled from their collection and have been added to the University Archives Audiovisual Collection under Acc. 2007.030.001-2007.030.093 in August 2013.

Three reel-to-reel audiotapes of theater productions of "Fairy Stones," "Greek Rhapsody," and a tape labelled "Chapman 1" were pulled from this collection and added to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection on 1/28/14.

Guide to the University Archives Audiovisual Collection
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