The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Washington and Lee University. Special Collections and Archives
Washington & Lee University Library; 204 West Washington Street
Repository URL: http://library.wlu.edu/specialcollections/
Repository code: vilxw
Repository description (extant): University Archives
Examples of our holdings are: Washington and Lee University publications including the Calyx, Alumni Magazine, Ring-tum Phi, Trident, Shenandoah, Ariel and a large number of other W&L publications past and present; Faculty and Alumni publications; materials relating to W&L's history including Trustee's records; and student honors theses.
Highlights of our holdings include the Robert E. Lee Papers, the Jessie Ball dupont Papers, the George West Diehl genealogical collection, and the Papers of Congressman William Whitehurst. We have numerous collections pertaining to the history of Washington and Lee University. We have the holdings of the Rockbridge Historical Society, a wealth of material on the history of Rockbridge County.
The collection is especially strong in Virginia state and local history and family genealogical history as well as books about Robert E. Lee, George Washington and other historical figures important to W&L and the local area. Surviving volumes from Liberty Hall Academy and the nineteenth century Franklin Society Library are held. Other volumes important for their age or content, including works by local authors, are held.
Special Collections also holds a large number of maps and photographs historically significant for Washington and Lee and Rockbridge County.
Repository type: University Special Collection
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