Collections

The Centennial Image Collection contains hundreds of historic photographs and documents from Simpson Library's Special Collections and University Archives. This collection grew out of a collaborative effort between UMW faculty, staff, and students to preserve the University's rich history for future generations.
The Honors and Master's Papers Collections display digital copies of scholarly works created by University of Mary Washington students in the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. The two collections include papers written by students in partial fulfillment of a Master of Education degree, a Master of Science in Elementary Education degree, or a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with departmental honors.
The UMW Blueprints and Architectural Drawings Collection contains digitized blueprints and architectural drawings of plans for buildings on the UMW campus. The earliest plans date from 1909, a year after the University was founded. Works by venerable Richmond architect Charles Robinson and his successor, J. Binford Walford, are represented within the collection. This digital collection was made possible through a generous grant from The Community Foundation’s Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund.
The James L. Farmer Collection includes a selection of images from the James L. Farmer Collection housed in Simpson Library's Special Collections and University Archives. James L. Farmer was the founder of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), the organizer of the 1961 Freedom Rides, and a steadfast advocate for the principle of nonviolent resistance. Farmer served as Distinguished Professor of History and American Studies at Mary Washington College from 1985 to 1998 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 1998.
The Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) Oral History Project began in 2013 and recorded 100 hours of interviews over the next two years. The project was designed to document the history of MWHC's expansion and record the recollections of people involved with its transformation. The oral history interviews were with board members, administrators, physicians, nurses, social workers, and community members. Beyond a story of expansion or a single organization, the interviews record successes and ongoing challenges with the transformations in health care and hospital-based medicine over the last thirty years.
The Theatre Poster Collection displays digitized versions of posters created for plays and musicals that were produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance. The collection includes posters for productions dating back as far as 1958.