When most people hear of a writer’s archives, they think of books and authors. But not the Virginia Women Writers Archive at the Special Collections Research Center in the Earl Gregg Swem Library (College of William & Mary). This archive also collects diaries, letters, memory books, and other unpublished materials written by women who were born or lived, worked, taught, or studied in Virginia. While a majority of the collection is from the 20th Century, there are letters and diaries from as early as 1847, and annotated books as early as 1851. Jay Gaidmore will share many examples from the collection, while discussing the genesis of this archive plus the collection development plan for the future.


Gerald Gaildmore - 2022 Trustee The Manuscript Society

Jay Gaidmore has served as the Marian and Alan McLeod Director of the Special Collections Research Center at William & Mary Libraries since July 2013. He has twenty-five years of experience as an archivist and special collections librarian, having worked in various positions at the Library of Virginia, Brown University, and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has an M.A. in History from Old Dominion University and a Master of Library and Information Sciences from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. From 2015-2021, he was a member of the Virginia State Historical Records Advisory Board, and currently serves as the president of the Williamsburg Historic Records Association and Trustee of The Manuscript Society.”

Guest: Jay Gaidmore
Original Date: April 1, 2024 – 8PM ET