UMW Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives is home to the Rare Books and Journals Collection and the University Archives. Special Collections and University Archives is located on the second floor of Simpson Library in Room 217, immediately in front of the central staircase. Items may be used in that room only.
Research Room, Special Collections and University Archives
Special Collections and University Archives is open Tuesdays from 1:30 - 4:30 PM and Wednesdays from 9 AM to noon and 1:30 - 4:30 PM, and by appointment. To make an appointment, please call us at (540) 654-1752.
The Rare Books and Journals Collection includes over 1500 rare volumes, including all of the following:
Special Collections also houses selected issues of rare journals from the 18th to the 20th century. Some of the titles in our collections are The Gentleman's Magazine (1731-1800), Godey's Magazine (1845-1873), and the Yellow Book (1894-1897).
The University Archives contain archival and historical materials relating to the University of Mary Washington. Here are some examples of materials in the archives:
UMW Libraries has digitized many of its archival collections - the Bullet newspaper, the Battlefield yearbook, photographs, the Aubade literary and arts magazine, the University alumni magazine, students' honors and Master's papers, and the academic course catalogs. To access these collections online, visit the Digital Collections page.