In an effort to assist K-12 teachers, as well as university faculty where appropriate, the Special Collections Research Center in Swem Library develops lesson plans for selected primary source material. These lesson plans were created for grades 8-11 in the areas of United States and Virginia History.
  • Richard Manning Bucktrout Daybook and Ledger: Richard Manning Bucktrout's "Daybook and Ledger" tracks the daily activities of an important Williamsburg, Virginia businessman in the 16 years before, during and after the Civil War. Starting in 1850, the Daybook offers an intriguing glimpse into the daily lives (and deaths) of Williamsburg's citizens.
  • Mary Comes to the College: Mary Comes to the College with William will follow the first year women were admitted to the College of William and Mary 90 years later beginning with the endorsement of the proposed legislation by the College's Board of Visitors on February 12, 1918, through the end of the spring term in 1919.
  • Manuscript and Rare Book Grab Bag: This website provides a sampler of treasures from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Collections representing gifts and purchases in the 20th century. Many of the items are classics in their own right; others are representative of larger collections. All are landmark works which reflect Swem Library's diversity and strength. Unfortunately, this website cannot convey the strength which the department has in collections of materials relating to non-elites: ordinary people whose contributions are the fabric of our republic: cabinetmakers, carpenters, slaves, servants, women. In choosing to exhibit what curators refer to as "treasures," single works which are highlights of the department's holdings were chosen. We invite people to visit our library and dip into all of the collections further.
  • Primary Source Activity: Molly Elliot Seawell Papers: Grades 8-11, Papers of a young woman writing home from visits to Washington, D.C., and Gloucester, Virginia.
  • Primary Source Activity: William Taylor Correspondence: Grades 8-11, An activity designed to teach students, through primary sources, the experiences of Civil War Soldiers.
  • Primary Source Activity: World War II Scrapbook: Grades 9-11, Students will explore the pages of a World War II Scrapbook to learn about soldiers experiences in and perceptions of Japan during the war.