Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


Housed on the campus of the College of William & Mary, the oldest public university in America, and situated in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, the Institute of Early American History and Culture was established in 1943 by founding sponsors the College of William & Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The name of benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Malvern H. Omohundro, Jr., was added in 1996 in recognition of their generous support of the Institute.

Since its inception, the Institute has produced award-winning scholarly monographs on a variety of topics; published the third series of the William and Mary Quarterly; and sponsored conferences designed to bring together scholars at various levels of career achievement for robust exchange. Shortly after opening its doors, the Institute also began a prestigious fellowship program and created a rigorous training program for editorial apprentices. The Institute's rich history can be explored through our archive of publications, programs, and fellowship recipients.