William and Mary College Swem Library

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William and Mary College Swem Library
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Contact Information

E-mail:[1] sweref@wm.edu


Earl Gregg Swem Library
College of William & Mary
400 Landrum Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Telephone:[1]  757-221-3067; Chat swemrefdesk

Hours and holidays:[3]  

Mondays-Thursdays: 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Visit Hours page to see upcoming Holiday schedule.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

  • [guides.swem.wm.edu/genealogy Genealogy Resources at SWEM]
  • Home. About SWEM; Research; Services; News & Events; Exhibits & Programs; Giving; Catalog; News; Exhibits.
  • Search the Library Catalog Gives description of either searching by the New or Classic Catalog. Search for books, movies, articles, archives, website.
  • Special Collections. Manuscripts, major historical repository, books & periodicals.
  • History Databases Many newspaper databases;
  • [Genealogical resources on New York and New England from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Collection Description

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  • The section of the SWEM library for genealogical research is officially called the Mary and Dennis Rebman Virginia Genealogy Resource Center.
  • Fill out this online form to schedule a Research Assistance Appointment.


  • [guides.swem.wm.edu/genealogy Subject Guide] for Genealogy Rresources at SWEM. Getting Started; Finding Books; Key Guides; Census Records; Ships' Passenger Lists; Vital Records; Will and Probate Records; Local History; Churches, Funeral Homes, Cemeteries; Newspapers; Periodicals & Indexes; Other Repositories; Web Links.
  • Research Guides Genealogy; History.

Alternate Repositories

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If you cannot visit or find a source at the William and Mary College Swem Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Alternate Repository {create link for each, and give line or two describing collection}

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections


  1. 1.0 1.1 Contact Us at Earl Gregg Swem Library] (accessed 29 October 2012).
  2. Mailing Address at Earl Gregg Swem Library] (accessed 29 October 2012)
  3. Hours at Earl Gregg Swem Library] (accessed 29 October 2012).
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