While there are many things in an archive like Swem Library’s Special Collections that the archivists and staff know we know, there are also the known unknowns. There are some things we may never know, and a person can accept that, but sometimes there is something that you think must be known by someone and it is just a matter of finding the person who knows it – or a person who is persistent enough to do the research to find the answer. One of the things I will sometimes do as an archivist is take under- or unidentified diaries, correspondence, scrapbooks, or other material to students and other researchers to turn them loose on finding further information. In the best case scenario, the researcher’s work will pay off in identifying a previously unidentified diarist or correspondent.
The Earl Gregg Swem Library is pleased to announce the launch of the Colonial Echo digital archive. All volumes from 1899-1995 have been digitized in full color from cover to cover and are now available to the public. The Colonial Echo has been the student yearbook of the College of William and Mary since 1899. To view the collection, visit http://digitalarchive.wm.edu/colonialecho/. A reception to mark the launch of the Colonial Echo’s digital archive will be held during William and Mary’s Homecoming weekend on Friday, October 22nd, from 4-5 p.m., in Swem Library.
Where might one find the Civil War telegrams of General Joseph E. Johnston? Or a weekly magazine that documents the history of rock and roll, blues, and country music? Or the William & Mary report card of your Great Aunt Sally? Very likely, the answer can be found in archives like the Special Collections Research Center in Swem Library!