The Sweet Briar Museum maintains a collection of historical decorative arts, photographs, archival documents and publications, clothing, jewelry and memorabilia associated with Sweet Briar — from the founding family, the enslaved families and their descendants, the college administrators, faculty & alumnae. Alongside, details of key events in the College’s history, from the Supreme Court ruling in 1966 that integrated the college, to its saving from potential closure by alumni in 2015.
The study of historical artifacts can be an invaluable component of a liberal arts education. It enhances the classroom-based curriculum in disciplines such as history, archaeology and ancient studies, arts management and visual arts. The Sweet Briar Museum provides an ongoing opportunity for students and professors to examine and research original artifacts documenting the College’s complex history.