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Simpson Library's Special Collections & University Archives department collects and preserves the history of the University of Mary Washington. The Archives serves as the repository for historical materials from all offices, departments, and divisions of the University. Special Collections includes rare books and journals and a large collection of original WWI posters. Opened in the fall of 1964, our rare book collection is made up of over 1,500 volumes dating from the 16th century to the present, comprised of many first editions, fine and private press editions, and limited editions. Please view our collections page to learn more about these materials. Special Collections & University Archives is also home to UMW's Records Management Program, and the Digital Archiving Lab.

Access to Special Collections & University Archives is generally available during open hours or by appointment, and the Reading Room is located on the second floor of Simpson Library. Our current schedule and directions to the space are located on the Library's Hours and Directions page. Please email to schedule an appointment.

A collage of activities in the Reading Room and the Digital Archiving Lab, including students learning about rare books around the Reading Room table, two students working in the Digital Archiving Lab, two students viewing archival materials, a student viewing images on a computer monitor, and one student viewing archival materials.

Special Collections & University Archives provides research, reference, and digital preservation consultations in both the Reading Room and the Digital Archiving Lab. 

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For Special Collections & University Archives research and reference questions, or to schedule an appointment, please email or call 540-654-2045. 

SCUA Staff

Special Collections & University Archives Staff

Angie Kemp

  • Head of Special Collections & Digital Scholarship

Sarah Appleby

  • University Archivist

Regan Chancellor

  • Special Collections Research Coordinator