The Special Collections & Archives department acquires, preserves, arranges, describes, and makes accessible its rich holdings of secondary and primary materials to support the diverse teaching and research needs of undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and the larger community. These collections document local, regional, and Virginia history. In addition, the Department is responsible for documenting the history of the university, and has a large collection of university and faculty publications, administrative records, photographs, and ephemera.

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This material is made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the individual copyright holders.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state law. The user assumes full responsibility for using such information and is advised that the disclosure of such information about identifiable living individuals without their consent may have legal ramifications.

Sub-communities within this community

  • WLU Manuscript Collections

    Washington & Lee University’s Special Collections houses the archival collections and records of individuals, families, and local organizations.
  • WLU Print and Photographic Collections

    Washington & Lee University’s Special Collections houses the collections owned by the university that contain purely photographic or print materials.
  • WLU Rare Books

    Washington & Lee University’s Special Collections houses a collection of rare books. As they are digitized, they are added to this digital collection.
  • WLU University Archives

    University Archives contains records created by Washington and Lee University or members of its community during the course of university business. This includes student papers, such as Honors Theses and Capstone Projects, ...

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