One of the world’s most respected historical organizations, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture is exclusively dedicated to the history and culture of early America until 1815. Although its founders, the College of William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg, continue to provide the primary financial base for its programs, private gifts from Institute Associates are critical to the Institute’s ability to reach out and respond meaningfully to opportunities for advancing research and writing about early America.
The Impact of Private Support
Named in recognition of a generous bequest pledged by Mr. and Mrs. Malvern H. Omohundro Jr., the Institute is renowned for its award-winning book publishing program — and for publications such as the William and Mary Quarterly, long considered by scholars as the journal of record for early American studies.
Unrestricted gifts support the publication of the William and Mary Quarterly and books, the award of postdoctoral fellowships, the organization of a variety of conferences, workshops, and seminars, and the development of electronic initiatives. To a significant degree, Omohundro Institute conferences, especially the yearly meeting in June, rely upon the resources that Institute Associates provide. Associates’ giving also contributes significantly to the Institute’s ability to maintain H-OIEAHC and a state-of-the-art website and to participate in JSTOR and the History Cooperative. In an increasingly sophisticated electronic age, these initiatives have become key dimensions of the Institute’s work and require considerable investments of staff expertise and budgetary support.
Current Fundraising Priorities
Annual, unrestricted gifts from Institute Associates — a group of Omohundro Institute supporters — play an integral role in supporting both the range and the quality of Institute programs. Unrestricted gifts extend and enhance the funding provided by the Institute’s two permanent sponsors — the College and Colonial Williamsburg — so that the Institute can sustain its traditional agenda of publications, fellowships and conferences designed to advance and enrich the understanding of the early American past and, at the same time, respond creatively to the new challenges and opportunities that characterize this vital field of scholarship.
[[saholl,Shawn A. Holl]]
Director of Development