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Archives & Special Collections: WAC Publications Online

Guide to Washington College Archives & Special Collections


Here you can access some of Washington College’s publications. You can also see more publications and those not yet digitized by making a research appointment. You can access all of Washington Colleges’ digitized publications through the American Libraries Collection on the Internet Archive.


The student newspaper of Washington College since 1930. You can access issues from 1931-1998 here. You can also access some of the more recent articles here.

Do you have old issues of the Elm? Some materials were too fragile to digitize or missing from the collection. If you have copies to donate, please let us know so we can complete our collection.

Originally named the Alpha, this is Washington College’s by-students, for-students yearbook;. You can access all the yearbooks available from 1895-2011 here. Since 2014, Pegasus has been produced as a digital edition for the college website. Pegasus staff are working on making these available and have even created a podcast.

The Washington College Magazine offers news and information on what is happening in the Washington College community and what our alumni are up to. You can access issues from 1987-2004 here. Issues from 2011-Present are here. In 2020 the magazine moved to a digital-only format.

Several books on the history of Washington College are available online including:

Washington College: The College at Chester, forward by Richard Harwood; compiled by William L. Thompson; edited by Marcia Landskroener. Published by the Literary House Press at Washington College, 2000.

Here on the Chester: Washington College Remembers Old Chestertown, edited by John Lang. Published by the Literary House Press at Washington College, 2006.

Washington College, by Fred W. Dumschott, 1980.

The Washington College Library, 1782-1982. A sketch of the college library presented as part of the Bicentennial Celebration at Washington College.

Washington College: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, 1933 published by the college.


George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior: in company and conversation, published by the Literary House press at Washington College, 2007.

The Apeiron, Greek for “Limitless,” is a student journal of philosophy and religion. You can access the years 2003-2010 here. You can also access paper copies by visiting the bookshelf in the alcove of William Smith Hall 114-116 or by request from Dr. Wiegel in Philosophy and Religion.

The Washington College Review is a journal that recognizes the best inquiry and expression in the liberal arts and sciences. It publishes work that emerges from the four requirements of our college-wide writing program. It also features artwork by students in a variety of graphic media. You can access issues from 1993-2009 here. You can access some of the more recent issues here.

The International Studies Review was a student journal intended to provide an opportunity for undergraduates to publish research articles that contributed to the body of knowledge in international relations and related disciplines. You can access issues from Volume I, 2004-Volume VII, 2010 here.

Featured Artifact

Architect Henry Powell Hopkins presented the College with a new ceremonial staff in 1961. This mace is used at all College processions. It is 42 inches long and is topped with a silver sphere engraved with the College seal, a silhouette of George Washington's face, the Kent County seal and Washington's coat-of-arms. Six garnets are set in a silver ring around the head. Hopkins had designed many of the College buildings during the first half of the 20th century.

Did you know?

The Washington College seal is based on a design which is believed to have been created by Charles Wilson Peale's daughter Elizabeth, who taught at the college in the late 1700s.