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A hand-drawn black-and-white illustration of Queen Elizabeth I from the Elizabeth I, Queen of England document (SC 01561). Elizabeth wears a crown and royal robes. She appears to hold a mace or specter in one hand and a cross in the other.
August 7, 2019

This summer we're publishing a series of blog posts written by students for the class HIST 211 Books: Technology and Culture. Their posts are based on materials in the Special Collections Research Center. Check out their bright insights every other week. Today's entry is written by Tess Thompson.

"Vivat Regina," or Long Live the Queen

The Elizabeth I, Queen of England document (SC 01561) in the Special Collections Research Center is dated November 6, 1574 and was created during the queen’s reign. The document is made of vellum or sheepskin, rather than paper, which...

Previous Posts

Jan 2011

  • 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.
  • November 23, 2010
    Throughout the past month, as a part of my graduate apprenticeship I have been working with the Johnson-Nance Family Papers, a manuscript collection from the early twentieth century at Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, at the College of William
  • November 10, 2010
    How often have you stopped to think about the wonder that is the copy machine? If you were like me, not often at all—as students, interns, and young professionals most of us probably spent more time being warmed by the light of the copy machine than we would like to think about.
  • November 9, 2010
    Here are the new collections accessioned by the Special Collections Research Center from 11/1/2010/11/5/2010: Manuscripts:
  • November 4, 2010
    You are sure to have heard us mention a time or two just recently that the College of William & Mary yearbook, the Colonial Echo, for the years 1899-1995 was recently digitized. A bookmark was created for the official launch of the Colonial Echo Digital Archive during Homecoming 2010.
  • November 2, 2010
    This post contains links to content that has been newly digitized and is now available to view online.
  • November 1, 2010
    These new materials were accessioned during the week of 10/25/2010 through 10/29/2010 and are now available to the public.