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Engraved decorative title page by M. Merian
October 16, 2019
Cosmographia binding with metal clasps, metal bosses, and raised bands

Lynne Fors, Cataloger, shares an inside look into reclassifying and describing an early geography of the world. Read on to learn more about the intricate woodcut maps, portraits, and diagrams used to illustrate the world as it was known in 1628.

Recently, Special Collections asked the catalogers to reclassify the double folio collection from the Dewey classifications to the Library of Congress classification used in the rest of W&M Libraries’ collections. This process involves reviewing the...

Previous Posts

Oct 2013

  • October 28, 2013
  • October 17, 2013
    Thanks to the generosity of Bruce and Suzie Kovner, Swem Library
  • October 7, 2013
    Like many special collections at universities across the country, the Special Collections Research Center at Swem Library is dedicated to supporting the research mission of the College, but just as important is its role in enhancing the College's commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching.
  • October 3, 2013
    In the world of archives, the topic of backlogs always comes up: Do you have one? How big is it? What are your plans to attack it?
  • October 3, 2013
    Before starting work at the Special Collections Research Center, I assumed archives were repositories of serious things relating to very serious matters.  There are most certainly serious documents which serve very important purposes, but there are just so many more things housed in the archives here.  Many of these things

Sep 2013

  • September 30, 2013
    Another semester is coming to an end at Swem Library’s Special Collections and student employees are getting ready for the hustle of the last few weeks of classes. It is my last semester working at Special Collections, and the year I have spent as a graduate apprentice here has gone by in the blink of an eye.
  • September 26, 2013
    I have been researching, writing, and planning an exhibit on the Civil War Centennial to be displayed outside the Special Collections Research Center in the Nancy Marshall Gallery.
  • September 26, 2013
    It might be an exaggeration to say that it’s been a dream of mine to work at a library, but I was pretty darn excited when I found out that I would be serving my graduate assistantship in Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center.

Jan 2013

  • January 6, 2013
    The generosity of Eloísa Cartonera and the relationship of Professor of Hispanic Studies Regina Root with this publishing cooperative has brought the book Nuevos Borders Argentinos : Antología Cartonera to the Rare Book Collection in Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center.

Dec 2012