About the Collection

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DJ Bee and Kool DJ Red Alert speaking to a class, August 2013.

Established by Swem Library’s Special Collections at the College of William & Mary, the William & Mary Hip Hop Collection is the most comprehensive of its kind dedicated to Virginia’s hip hop culture and history from the 1980s to the present.

The collection includes oral histories committed to preserving and documenting Virginia’s rich hip hop past, as well as recordings of hip hop music, publications, and ephemera created by Virginia and Virginia-based artists, collectives, and businesses.  Additionally, the collection documents the origins and impact of hip hop culture on college campuses throughout the state by collecting records of hip hop based student organizations, college radio stations, events and concerts with a special focus on William & Mary itself.

Building on Swem Library’s Special Collections’ strength in documenting Virginia history and culture and sharing its commitment to develop communities of knowledge, the William & Mary Hip Hop Collection is open to the public. Whenever rights holders and technology allow, online access will be available to digital material. Please note that the collection is added to on a regular basis and an inventory of the collection is available through the Special Collections Database. The collection is also available for research and use in Swem Library’s Special Collections.


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