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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

Feb 2012

  • February 24, 2012
    As a student of eighteenth century history, I had rarely been called upon to craft any sort of administrative history before embarking on my project relating to the Ferguson Seminar in Publishing records.  It is amazing how much information can be gathered from only one box of information and how an administrative
  • February 9, 2012
    Identifying authorship of anything is always a long and arduous process, but it is made increasingly difficult when the author is not a famous member of the community.  Norfolk, Virginia, was a bustling town at the start of the twentieth century and had an African American population thirsty for rights and acceptance.  One such person was the author of the

Dec 2011

  • December 14, 2011
    In my current project at the SCRC, I have the good fortune of being able to check transcriptions from our Civil War Transcription Project that have recently been uploaded to our Digital Collections database. I am thrilled to be able to participate in this auspicious undertaking.
  • December 7, 2011
    When I started my work in the Special Collections Research Center here at Swem Library in August, one of my first projects entailed uploading metadata to our online database for the Nathaniel V. Watkins Family Papers, 1846-1889.

Nov 2011

  • November 29, 2011
    The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Swem Library contains numerous sources on a wide range of topics. For the past few months, I have been creating Guides that organize a number of these sources into specific categories. Essentially, the Guides are supposed to highlight those sources that might be of some relevance to particular topics.
  • November 15, 2011
    The Special Collections Research Center at Swem Library is currently working on a transcription initiative as part of the “From Fights to Rights: The Long Road to a More Perfect Union” project.

Aug 2011

  • August 15, 2011
    Well, I have gotten pretty far behind on updating you all on the new and exciting materials that have recently come into the Special Collections Research Center. But no more! In a few quick posts, I shall updated you on all of these wonderful new materials. New collections:

Jul 2011

  • July 1, 2011
    Five years ago, I took my first and only trip out of the United States, spending 10 days in France on a trip with my AP French class. Before splitting off into the suburban homes of our host families, we visited Paris and parts of the Loire Valley, where we toured numerous castles, cathedrals, and historic towns. Since then, I have often dreamed of returning to France and seeing other European countries for the first time.
  • July 1, 2011
    George Fetterman, a western New York f

Jun 2011