Washington and Lee University students completing major projects, especially honors theses, senior theses, and capstone papers, are invited to submit a digital copy of their work to the University Library to become a permanent part of W&L’s institutional history.
The University Library has worked for over a century to save and preserve students’ theses. From the oldest thesis in our possession, through former W&L President Ken Ruscio‘s student thesis, and all the way to 2016 honors theses, we provide permanent preservation and access. As one might expect, we emphasize digital copies of recent works. Each student author, if he/she chooses, can select conditions for availability — freely-available online access, restricted online access to members of the W&L community only, or available only after an initial embargo period. Archived digital works will be available online at a permanent, stable URL in our Digital Archive.
We are particularly interested in honors theses, senior theses, and capstone project papers, but other student works, as well. Students should use our online submission form to share a digital copy. There is no particular submission deadline, but likely the sooner, the better.
The University Library no longer has a role in binding paper copies of student papers, but students may contact the University’s Copying Services for assistance.
Questions should be directed to Cindy Morton, Digital Services Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tom Camden, Head of Special Collections and Archives (email@example.com).