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May 26, 2020

 

When the Libraries closed our buildings for safety reasons, students and faculty who rely on our print collections suddenly found themselves in a bind. Even more, grad students preparing for their comprehensive exams in History, American Studies, and Anthropology were left to improvise without many of the print texts they ordinarily would have studied to pass this important step in their academic careers. 

We were able to begin responding to these needs quickly, and the library's collections team made purchasing of e-books and trials of databases as easy and openly...

Previous Posts

Feb 2016

  • February 1, 2016
    Parents keep their children’s letters and drawings, now often putting them on the refrigerator. Unless the children were sent away for education, in the eighteenth and nineteenth-century, most stayed close to home and probably only wrote if a parent were away. There are some letters in our collection written by older students away at boarding school or college, but letters by very young children are few.

Jan 2016

Dec 2015

  • December 16, 2015
    Nineteenth-century bound sheet music of
  • December 8, 2015
    In Swem Library’s Special Collections Bound Manuscript Collection, there is a handwritten transcription of some documents from the 1677-1686 Entry Warrant Book of Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland.
  • December 7, 2015
  • December 2, 2015
    Alexander Galt was an American sculptor born in Norfolk, Va. in 1827. He spent time studying in Italy from 1849-1853. He received important commissions in the United States and returned to Italy in 1856, coming back to Virginia in 1860. The outbreak of the Civil War saw him working for the Confederate army and doing a few private commissions.

Nov 2015

  • November 13, 2015
    At Homecoming this year, Special Collections opened a new exhibit showcasing selected items from our holdings arranged from A to Z.
  • November 2, 2015
    The semester, and with it class visits to Special Collections, are in full swing. One book that is a popular choice for a whole range of classes ever since it was purchased with support from the Vinyard Fund in 2012, is Portable Mayan altar : pocket books of Mayan spells.

Oct 2015