The W&M Law School Scholarship Repository Takes Off

In the summer of 2010, William & Mary’s Wolf Law Library launched the W&M Law School Scholarship Repository to promote and archive our community’s intellectual output.  After posting complete runs of the Law School’s five journals and more than 1,000 articles from our faculty, the library added photographs of the George Wythe Pleading (William Russell v. Thomas Dowde) and the John Marshall Letter in January 2011 as the 5,000th and 5,001st items in the Repository. 

The Scholarship Repository is one of the first in the U.S. to provide access to an entire archive of a law school’s journals, which the Law Library completed at the record-setting pace of just three months.  The Law Library keeps the journal collections up-to-date by incorporating current issues as they are published.  The faculty’s journal articles are also a major focal point of the repository.

The Scholarship Repository also includes two additional journals, W&M’s Annual Tax Conference, class photographs, student newspapers, annual reports, admissions brochures, and library publications.  With the addition of these archival materials, the Scholarship Repository now exceeds 6,000 items which have been collectively downloaded more than 200,000 times by people from every corner of the globe.  The collections will continue to expand as we digitize even more historical items and incorporate photographs and videos of Law School events.