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The William & Mary Quarterly is published in January, April, July, and October by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia. The journal originated in 1892, making it one of the oldest scholarly journals in the United States. Currently in its Third Series, the Quarterly is the leading journal for the study of early American history and culture. It ranges chronologically from Old World-New World contacts to about 1820. Geographically, it focuses on North America - from New France and the Spanish-American borderlands to British America and the Caribbean - and extends to Europe and West Africa. Although grounded in history, it welcomes works from all disciplines - for example, literature, law, political science, anthropology, archaeology, material culture, cultural studies - bearing on the early American period. Approximately 125 manuscripts are submitted to the WMQ each year. About one in eight manuscripts is accepted after in-house evaluation and thorough peer review. Accepted articles receive close substantive editing. Extensive backlogs of articles are avoided; ideally, articles are published within about a year of acceptance. The Quarterly aims to be accessible to all: the work of graduate students, junior faculty, and unaffiliated scholars is welcome. Three prizes are available to Quarterly authors, and many of the journal's articles attract considerable reprint interest. Circulation presently stands at about 3,700, distributed almost equally between individuals and institutions. One in ten subscribers is foreign.


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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.