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The College of William & Mary During the Great Depression

During the Great Depression projects at William & Mary included Mataoka Park (work completed by the CCC, which had a CCC Camp on campus) and loans for the buildings Marshall-Wythe Hall (today's James Blair Hall), Taliaferro Hall, an amphitheater (Zable Stadium). There was also supposed to be a student activities building, but all of the bids exceeded the estimates and it was not constructed. The College received assistance from the Works Progress Administration in beautifying the grounds and constructing walks (a request for assistance to grade the Sunken Garden the previous year was denied). William & Mary's Norfolk Division (predecessor to Old Dominion University) received federal assistance for building construction.

Material in the SCRC

  • The College of William & Mary : a history, Godson, Susan H., Johnson, Ludwell H., Sherman, Richard B., Tate, Thad W., Walker, Helen C. (Helen Cam), (1993), volumes 1-2 (check Swem's online catalog for availability).


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A note about the contents of this site

This website contains the best available information from known sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information in this website is not complete, and it changes as we continue to research and uncover new sources.