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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Special Collections & University Archives provides research, reference, and digital preservation consultations in both the Reading Room and the Digital Archiving Lab.