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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...

Previous Posts

May 2018

  • May 18, 2018
    Did you know that May is National Photography month? Well if you didn’t, now you do! William & Mary's first art photography class was launched just a few years ago in 2015.
  • May 11, 2018
    I started working at Swem in my very first week of freshman year and fell in love with the place immediately. On my first day, I wandered the library to fill out a scavenger-hunt-esque training exercise that introduced me to the labyrinth of books that serves as the cultural capital of our campus. The building really does it all.
  • May 9, 2018
    The quotation in the title of this post is from a letter about an 1890 revolution in Buenos Aires known as The Revolution of the Park.
  • May 9, 2018
    My name is Elisabeth Merrifield. Yes, it is spelled with an ‘s’ and not a ‘z’ mainly because my parents did not want me to be called ‘Liz’ (it did not work). I am a senior at the College. I am double majoring in government and history. I transferred in the Fall of 2015 and have loved it here. I play for the Gold Women’s Club Volleyball team and love my team. They are outstanding and ridiculously smart people.
  • May 1, 2018
    Hiya everybody! I’m Shana Merker, a junior music and biology major, and I work as a student assistant in Content Services.

Apr 2018

  • April 25, 2018
    This month's "Must Love Dogs" blog series again focuses on an illustrator.
  • April 20, 2018
    Hi everyone! My name is Zihan Yang, most people know me as Carrie. I’m an international student from China and this is my third year at William & Mary (how time flies). Back home, I love to spend my free time at my high school’s library and the public library, so when I came to college, the first place I went to check out was the library. I immediately fell in love with our Swem library because it’s so beautiful and resourceful.
  • April 13, 2018
    I became William & Mary Libraries’ Science Librarian on December 25th, 2017. In my first four months of employment I’ve had several people (including my family members) ask me: “So what exactly does a science librarian do?” It’s a great question! As libraries are changing, librarians are changing with them. Even as I sit down today to write about my daily work life, I know that it might be a different story in a year.
  • Donuts for Doughboys
    April 11, 2018
    As an Exhibit Apprentice in Swem’s Special Collections, I had the opportunity to curate a World War I centennial exhibit.
  • April 4, 2018
    In my first two years at W&M, I rarely went to Swem. It was crowded and busy and stressful, and I preferred the coziness of my own room. But for the past year and a half, I have stepped into Swem hundreds of times, more than my freshman self could have possibly imagined.