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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...

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May 2011

Mar 2011

  • March 18, 2011
    In the fall of 2009, I began volunteering three to four hours per week in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) of Earl Gregg Swem Library at The College of William & Mary.
  • March 15, 2011
    One of the neat things about working at the SCRC is the sheer variety of projects we oversee. Last time, I told you a bit about the rewards and challenges of putting together an exhibit, but, recently, I got to try my hand at another major part of archival work: processing a collection.

Jan 2011

  • January 24, 2011
    At some point most of us have pondered this question.
  • January 11, 2011
    Here are the new accessions for 12/1/2010 through 12/30/2010, a little longer than normal due to the holiday rush:
  • January 11, 2011
    Here are the new collections accessioned by the Special Collections Research Center from 11/15/2010 to 11/30/2010:
  • January 4, 2011
    Do you ever stop to ogle the contents of the numerous display cases spread throughout Swem Library? Me neither. Or, at least, I didn’t. Now, every so often when I’m hunting for a book on the third floor, I venture over to the small flat case outside the Brown Board Room, just to check that everything is how I left it.

Nov 2010

  • November 30, 2010
    Here are the new collections accessioned by the Special Collections Research Center from 11/8/2010 to 11/12/2010:
  • November 29, 2010
    I freely admit: I am a self-proclaimed craft nerd. In kindergarten, I was the kid who truly enjoyed gluing sticks into haphazardly-formed structures and insisted that every painting my little fingers lovingly created be prominently displayed on the family refrigerator. This creative passion has continued into adulthood as I thoughtfully knit gifts for friends and family and scrapbook every vacation taken.