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“Paedagogium in Nazareth. 4. February 1792”
June 12, 2019
William Currie, An Historical
Account of the Climates and
Diseases of the United States
of America
(Rare Book
RA804 .C8)

In early 1792, Thomas Dobson, a prominent Philadelphia printer in the middle of printing the first American edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, took a much smaller commission: William Currie’s An Historical Account of the Climates and Diseases of the United States of America.[1] A member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Currie reasoned that doctors could not treat illnesses the same way...

Previous Posts

Nov 2018

  • November 28, 2018
    For four days, Tijeras Avenue and 2nd Street in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico was immersed with people who worked in libraries, and most were people of color.
  • November 15, 2018
    My name is Keyyatta Bonds, and I am part of the second cohort of the William & Mary Libraries Mosaic Program. I am Sophomore at the College, planning to major in International Relations (even though taking more ECON classes is not what I envisioned for my future).
  • Edith Gibbons's Diary
    November 12, 2018
    On December 25, 1918, Edith Neele Gibbons, of Cleveland, Ohio, was aboard the S. S. Coronia en route to London.

Oct 2018

  • October 29, 2018
    This year is the 200th anniversary of the release of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.
  • October is Archives Month
    October 25, 2018
    During the month of October we celebrate National Archives Month! Often the profession of an archivist can seem ambiguous, since the role can entail varied duties and areas of expertise.
  • https://pixabay.com/en/gate-gateway-opening-entrance-open-60828/
    October 19, 2018
    October 22 is the start of Open Access Week, that time every year when we salute all things open access. “What is open access,” you say? According to Peter Suber, in the scholarly communications office at Harvard and one of the foremost champions of open access (OA), “Open-access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
  • Lord Botetourt's Coffin Plate
    October 11, 2018
    This exhibit celebrates the return of Lord Botetourt's coffin plate to the University Archives and commemorates the anniversary of his death on October 15, 1770. This is the first time it has been exhibited on the William & Mary campus since 1956.

Sep 2018

  • September 24, 2018
    Hey, fellow Swem-goers! My name is Alexis and I have been working at Swem Circulation for over a year now. I started out as an assistant, shelving and sorting from the books needed for final papers. Last year, I was able to help deliver books to professors all over campus. And as it turns out, books can bring more excitement when you get to drive them in a golf-cart, trying not to get stuck behind tour groups (otherwise known as flamingos).
  • September 24, 2018
    Recently, Kim Sims, university archivist, and Christina Luers, archives collections specialist, had a unique opportunity to view scientific artifacts at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
  • September 20, 2018
    August 12-18th was the Society of American Archivist’s Annual Conference, held in Washington, D.C.