The catalog of William & Mary includes course descriptions and information about the campus.
Catalogs from 1829 to the present are now available through the W&M Digital Archive. Modern college catalogs are best remembered for detailed course descriptions and information about degree requirements, but catalogs also include other important information about the university, its people, buildings, and history. In university catalogs you will find lists of faculty and staff, highlights of facilities and services, academic policies, descriptions of student groups, and much more information intended to inform current and attract potential students. Catalogs from the 19th and early 20th centuries are a treasure trove for researchers of not only William & Mary history, but also family history as they list faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
As the university has grown, separate catalogs for schools and divisions have been published by William & Mary including the School of Marine Science, School of Education, and Graduate Arts & Sciences Program. Recent catalogs from these programs are available here, but the majority of these catalogs have not yet been digitized. Historical divisions of William & Mary that no longer exist such as the Extension and Evening Colleges, Richmond Division (Virginia Commonwealth University), Norfolk Branch (Old Dominion University), etc. have not yet been digitized. Paper copies are available in Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center.
Catalogs Available in the Special Collections Research Center
This is a list of the William & Mary Catalogs in the Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center.
college closed May 1862-Aug 1865
July 1868-Oct 1869 college closed
1881-1888: The College was closed.
1972-1973: no catalog published
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Prior to 1966, graduate studies was included in the undergraduate catalog. Issues from 1966 to the present are available.
Finance and Business Administration
Undergraduate & Graduate Catalogs
School of Marine Science
Catalogs from the School of Law are available in the William & Mary Law School Scholarship Repository.
School of Education
1961-1963 (not a graduate school at this time)
Richmond Professional Institute
Richmond School of Social Work & Public Health
Richmond Extension Division Courses by W&M and UVA
1962-1967 evening classes
Richard Bland College