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Ali Zawoyski, W&M's new University Archivist. She has blonde-brown hair and wears a blue sweater.
November 8, 2019
Ali Zawoyski, University Archivist

Say hello to a new face at Swem Library! Alissa “Ali” Zawoyski began work as William & Mary Libraries’ new University Archivist on October 25. 

Ali comes to us from the Eberly Family Special Collections at Pennsylvania State University Libraries, where she served as the Collection Management Specialist since 2013. In this role, Ali was in charge of leading collection management projects and accessioning all new archival materials. Before her time at Penn State, she worked at the Centre County Library & Historical Museum in...

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  • Title page of the 2nd Italian edition of Galileo's Dialogo, featuring text that alternates between black and red and a black-and-white print illustration.
    September 24, 2019
    In honor of Banned Books Week, Ute Schechter explores censorship and early modern science through an investigation of a clandestine edition of Galileo's Dialogo.
  • Textbook affordability initiative
    September 20, 2019
    Have you heard about textbook prices? National surveys indicate that students are now spending about $1200 each year if they purchase all of the textbooks required for their classes. This may be surprising to those of us who graduated from college some time ago, but the increase in textbook prices has far outpaced the increase in inflation, nearly doubling from 1998-2008 alone, and going up over 1,000% since 1977.

Aug 2019

  • A handwritten letter, dated November 18, 1840, from Ann Galt in Norfolk, Virginia to her brother William at UVA. She begins her letter by lamenting "the great loss to the college," the murder of Professor Davis.
    August 28, 2019
    Tracy Melton '85, member of the William & Mary Libraries Board of Directors, considers the words we use to describe crime and death in archival work. Read on to learn more about a nineteenth-century fatality recounted in the Galt Papers.
  • A complete view of the Native American signatories to the 1677 Articles of Peace agreement
    August 23, 2019
    A 1677 document in Special Collections explores how the British used print and language to both build relationships with and exert control over Native peoples.
  • A hand-drawn black-and-white illustration of Queen Elizabeth I from the Elizabeth I, Queen of England document (SC 01561). Elizabeth wears a crown and royal robes. She appears to hold a mace or specter in one hand and a cross in the other.
    August 7, 2019
    In 1574, as well as the rest of her reign, Queen Elizabeth I’s place as England’s monarch was continually challenged based on her mother’s reputation, her lack of a husband, her religion, and her gender. Even as one of the most powerful women in the 16th century, she still needed to prove herself.

Jul 2019