Institutional History

In this section you will find digital exhibits that grapple with the long history of Washington and Lee University. In addition to topic exhibits on particular moments in our history, we have pages that provide guides to major topics, such as Coeducation at W&L and Integration at W&L. 

  • The Black General

    The Black General is a digital exhibit featured archival material and oral histories on the period of desegregation at W&L, the history of black student organizations, and other relevant material on the Black experience at W&L sourced from alumni, faculty, staff and Special Collections.
  • Integration at W&L

    Integration at W&L is dedicated to the presentation and aggregation of archival material that tells the story of Washington and Lee’s desegregation and integration from its foundation through the present.
  • Washington and Lee University: Coeducation

    An institutional history digital exhibit created during Winter 2020 that portrays the impacts of coeducation at Washington and Lee University, a small, private, liberal arts university in Lexington, Virginia, through evaluating its effects by comparing the university's social climate before and after the decision to become coeducated.
  • Washington and Lee University: Fancy Dress Gala

    An institutional history digital exhibit created during Winter 2020 about the history of Fancy Dress, an annual formal gala, at Washington and Lee University.
  • Washington and Lee University Mock Convention: Student Involvement

    An institutional history digital exhibit created during Winter 2020 that compares student involvement in the 1980 and 2020 Washington and Lee University's Mock Conventions.
  • Washington and Lee University: Integration

    An institutional history digital exhibit created during Winter 2020 about integration at Washington and Lee University, including the creation of Student Association for Black Unity (SABU).
  • Washington and Lee Mock Convention: Processes Through the Years

    An institutional history digital exhibit created during Winter 2020 for DCI 201: Digital Collections and Exhibits that details the delegation selection of Mock Convention and how it has progressed as technology has advanced. This collection is primarily aimed towards Washington and Lee alumni but can also help to inform current students about the history of this tradition.
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