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Charter Day collection

Identifier: UA 313

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

This collection includes programs, speeches, invitations, scrolls, and announcements for the College of William and Mary's Charter Day ceremony held each February. Also contains a 1939 handwritten copy of the Royal Proclamation of 1700, as well as two typescript copies. The original Royal Proclamation is housed at the Public Records Office in London.


  • Creation: 1859-ongoing


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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.


14.50 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

Series 1 Swem Pav. A, 2450, B-D, 4.80 Cubic Feet Series 2, Box 1 Swem Pav. A, 2532, G, 0.80 Cubic Feet Series 2, Box2 Swem Pav. A, 2536, F, 0.80 Cubic Feet

Custodial History:

This collection was formerly part of the University Archives Publications Collection.

Acquisition Information:

Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Related Materials:

University Relations Records (UA 62); audiovisual records of various Charter Day Celebrations can be found in the University Archives Audiovisual Collection (UA 58).

Processing Information:

Acc. 2012.085 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in March 2012.

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

Revision Statements

  • May 24th, 2018: Finding aid updated by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in March 2012.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository