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“Paedagogium in Nazareth. 4. February 1792”
June 12, 2019
William Currie, An Historical
Account of the Climates and
Diseases of the United States
of America
(Rare Book
RA804 .C8)

In early 1792, Thomas Dobson, a prominent Philadelphia printer in the middle of printing the first American edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, took a much smaller commission: William Currie’s An Historical Account of the Climates and Diseases of the United States of America.[1] A member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Currie reasoned that doctors could not treat illnesses the same way...

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Nov 2010

Oct 2010

  • October 29, 2010
    Often when I tell people that I’m working on making a database of all the scrapbooks in the Special Collections Research Center, I get a reaction something like, “Oh, that’s nice,” a reaction with subtext that seems to say “oh-that’s-nice-but-not-something-actually-significant-like-Thomas-Jefferson’s-letters.” And while the correspondence of our illustrious college alumnus certainly holds the utmost import
  • October 5, 2010
    The Earl Gregg Swem Library is pleased to announce the launch of the Colonial Echo digital archive.  All volumes from 1899-1995 have been digitized in full color from cover to cover and are now available to the public. The Colonial Echo has been the student yearbook of the College of William and Mary since 1899.
  • October 4, 2010
    Where might one find the Civil War telegrams of General Joseph E. Johnston? Or a weekly magazine that documents the history of rock and roll, blues, and country music? Or the William & Mary report card of your Great Aunt Sally? Very likely, the answer can be found in archives like the Special Collections Research Center in Swem Library!

May 2010

  • May 25, 2010
    The Special Collections Research Center in Swem Library is in search of issues of College of William and Mary newspapers and magazines to complete our collection. Can you help us? We may not be precisely desperate, but the title of a Monroe Project submitted to the W&M Digital Archive yesterday has movies of the 1980s on the brain.

Mar 2010

  • March 26, 2010
    I'm a junior at the College of William and Mary, and I started cataloging blueprints in the Special Collections Research Center in the Fall of 2009.
  • March 4, 2010
    I came to the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) in the Fall, excited yet a little nervous about beginning my Graduate Assistantship. I had heard wonderful things from other graduate students about their time as Graduate Assistants in the SCRC, and so I was enthused about beginning my assistantship here.

Feb 2010

  • February 17, 2010
    I am not an archivist. Old and fragile documents have scared me for as long as I can remember. Not in a masked murderer kind of way, of course, but in the sense that at any moment while handling archival material, one can accidentally drop a priceless artifact or tear a centuries-old newspaper. That’s pressure I’d normally like to avoid when possible. On top of that unnerving, but not necessarily crippling fear, there are the allergies.

Jan 2010

  • January 21, 2010
    Greetings from Swem Library at the College of William and Mary!  My name is Michael Lusby and I am currently an intern in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). My internship began in the fall of 2009, which was also my first semester in the Master’s program for American History at William and Mary.