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Simpson Library: Collections

Collections

Rare Books & Special Collections

Rare Books & Special Collections


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 15th century to the present, comprised of many first editions, fine and private press editions, and limited editions. Selected issues of rare journal titles from the 18th to the 20th centuries are also housed in Special Collections. All items within Special Collections can be found in the Library catalog.

University Archives

University Archives


University Archives 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. Past issues of University publications, the student newspaper, and the Battlefield yearbook are housed in the Archives, and can be located by searching the Library catalog. University Archives also includes students’ departmental Honors Papers, scrapbooks, manuscript collections, books written by faculty, and physical artifacts.

Search for archival accessions, records, and collections of unpublished material using the ArchivesSpace database.

Digital Collections

Digital Collections

The Digital Collections database preserves and provides access to the majority of our digitized items, including photographs, videos, oral histories, publications, and more. With over ten collections and continuously growing, this database includes collections such as the James L. Farmer Collection, the Centennial Image Collection, University Publications, and the Alumni Oral History Collection.
Eagle Scholar is the University of Mary Washington’s institutional repository, a home for scholarship, publications, and creative works from across the UMW community. The repository also includes archival items, such as departmental honors projects and graduate student research projects.
Archive-It is a subscription-based web archiving service that Special Collections & University Archives uses to archive several UMW-affiliated websites, blogs, and social media pages. The archived web content functions similarly to a live website and can be accessed through browsing or full text search. Many University webpages have been archived at regular intervals since 2014.