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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...

Previous Posts

Nov 2010

  • 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.

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.