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The Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health of the was established in 1917. In 1925 it became the Richmond Division of the College of William & Mary. In 1939 the division was known as the Richmond Professional Institute.

It separated from William & Mary and came under state control in 1962. The Medical College of Virginia and the Richmond Professional Institute merged in 1968 to form Virginia Commonwealth University.

Material in the Special Collections Research Center

  • Search "Richmond Professional Institute".
  • Search the Manuscripts & Archives Collection Guides for the records of various College of William & Mary administrative offices including the Board of Visitors, Office of the Presidents, Deans, etc.
  • Many serial publications published as part of William & Mary's Bulletin Series, including RPI's catalogs, announcements, etc. have been cataloged and are searchable in Swem Library's online catalog. 
  • Theses written by students in the social work program can be found by searching the Swem Library catalog by call number LD6051.W5m Soc. Wk. (which will be followed by [year], [item number]). 



Want to find out more?

To search for further material, visit the Special Collections Research Center's Search Tool List for other resources to help you find materials of interest.

Questions? Have ideas or updates for articles you'd like to see? Contact the Special Collections Research Center at or 757-221-3090.

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.