The Washington and Lee University Special Collections & Archives Department collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials supporting the diverse teaching and research needs of our students, faculty, staff, and the greater community. This site houses the digital exhibits curated by our students, staff, faculty, and community members. We have sorted the exhibits into two categories, Institutional History and Local History, to distinguish between to the major areas of our collection: archival records from the history of Washington and Lee University and unique and rare materials that tell the history of Lexington, Rockbridge County, and beyond.

This collection of digital exhibits is a work in progress. Please contact Mackenzie Brooks or Paula Kiser if you encounter any technical errors. Contact the Special Collections staff with questions about the materials and items contained within these exhibits.

For descriptive information about the holdings of Special Collections and Archives, view our Finding Aids.

For digital collections of archival material and current scholarship, visit the Digital Archive.

Featured Exhibits

  • SABU students

    Student Association for Black Unity (SABU)

    The Student Association for Black Unity (SABU) was founded in the winter of 1971 and has continued to evolve with campus culture over the last 50 years. This research guide contains materials that focus on the inception of S.A.B.U. (1971-1985) and its connection with the present campus community.
  • Black Awareness Week poster at Rollins College

    Pathways to Diversity

    Four institutions (Centre, Furman, Rollins, and W&L) account for their history on their own pathways to diversity.
  • Fancy Dress 1980 poster of Monopoly board.

    DCI 201: Fancy Dress 1980s

    An institutional history digital exhibit created during Fall 2023 about the history of Fancy Dress during the 1980s.
  • Class picture of the W&L class of 1989, the first co-ed graduating class, in front of Washington Hall.

    DCI 201: Coeducation (Fall 2023)

    An institutional history digital exhibit created during Fall 2023 that highlights the University’s official coeducation process from 1980-1990.