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George Greenia papers

Identifier: UA 6.120

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Content Description

Materials relating to George Greenia's tenure at William & Mary, including his archive of gay rights history: newspaper articles, email correspondence, Faculty Assembly minutes, documentation and correspondence on benefits for domestic partners, and policy drafts.


  • Creation: 1989-2001

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

George Greenia completed his undergraduate degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and PhD at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a specialist in the languages, literatures and linguistics of medieval Spain and teaches courses on Spanish language, Epic and Nationalism, Hispanic Folktales, and Love and Prostitution in Medieval Spain – not a how-to course!. He is co-founder of the William & Mary Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and founder of the William & Mary Institute for Pilgrimage Studies. His interest in world pilgrimage spans many times, territories and traditions and he is an authority on the legendary Camino de Santiago in northern Spain where he has trekked over 4,000 miles, half on bicycle, half on foot. For study abroad he took W&M undergraduates backpacking on the pilgrimage trails in Spain to conduct interdisciplinary field research. In 2007 Greenia was both recognized as the Distinguished Editor of the year by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and was knighted by order of the king of Spain and awarded the Cross of the Order of Isabel the Catholic. He is a recipient of the President’s Medal from the Phi Beta Kappa Society and of the Compostela Prize for preservation of European heritage awarded by the Compostela Group of Universities. George Greenia has long been an advocate for LGBTQ+ students and was faculty facilitator of the Monday night Gay Student Support Group for 24 years. He contributed to establishing the earliest non-discrimination policies at William & Mary and advocated for domestic partner benefits. He lives in Williamsburg with his spouse of 35 years, Tom Wood.


2.63 Linear Feet (6 boxes)




The collection is arranged by accessions received. The finding aid may be updated to reflect new acquisitions to the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were donated to the Special Collections Research Center by George Greenia in 2017, 2019, and 2022.

Guide to the George Greenia papers
William & Mary Special Collections Research Center Staff
September 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository