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October 16, 2019
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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

Dec 2012

  • December 1, 2012
    One of the cornerstones of the Swem Library'sSpecial Collections Research Center is its rare book collection.

Nov 2012

  • November 28, 2012
    If you have ever seen the PBS series Antiques Roadshow, then you can understand what I do here.
  • November 13, 2012
    In addition to an impressive archive of rare books, periodicals, photographs, and other physical documents, Swem Library'sSpecial Collections manages the W&M Digital Archive that includes both digitized versions of some parts of the physical archive (l

Apr 2012

  • April 30, 2012
    Currently, in Swem Library'sSpecial Collections Research Center (Swem SCRC), I have been working on uploading a number of small collections to the From Fights to Rights Transcription Project.  Some of the most interesting discussions I come across in these letters are about the variou
  • April 24, 2012
    As a graduate assistant in the Special Collections Research Center in Swem Library (Swem SCRC), I have had the opportunity to do a number of exciting things, from exhibit installation to assisting during special events.  One of the main things I have done this year, however, is processing collections.  Collections come in all shapes and sizes and c
  • April 20, 2012
    In my current project at Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), I have been working on checking the transcriptions that have been uploaded by our transcription volunteers.  Although I am not currently working on a particular collection, checking transcriptions of letters written during the Civil War is an incredibly rewarding experience.  As I go through the di
  • April 18, 2012
    A few weeks ago, I started my first large-scale imaging project here at Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center (Swem SCRC).
  • April 5, 2012
    The Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center is currently working on a transcription initiative 
  • April 2, 2012
    Since I began my apprenticeship with Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) in August, I've been consistently impressed with the staff's dedication to actively engaging the student body here on campus.  It is clear that undergraduate and non-staff researchers are very welcome here, and the staff members in the SCRC continually do everything in their power to fac

Mar 2012

  • March 6, 2012
    Hi, my name is Rachel Thomas and I began work in the Swem SCRC at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year.  I am a Graduate student working towards my MA in Early American and US History.  I received my BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in 2011.  I came to this archives from a much smaller archives that had no permanent staff in place and no profession