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Sheild House
September 28, 2020

Bill Cole (’70) shares the stories behind the names in Catherine Sheild's 20th-century Yorktown guest book.

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Sep 2019

  • Title page of the 2nd Italian edition of Galileo's Dialogo, featuring text that alternates between black and red and a black-and-white print illustration.
    September 24, 2019
    In honor of Banned Books Week, Ute Schechter explores censorship and early modern science through an investigation of a clandestine edition of Galileo's Dialogo.
  • Textbook affordability initiative
    September 20, 2019
    Have you heard about textbook prices? National surveys indicate that students are now spending about $1200 each year if they purchase all of the textbooks required for their classes. This may be surprising to those of us who graduated from college some time ago, but the increase in textbook prices has far outpaced the increase in inflation, nearly doubling from 1998-2008 alone, and going up over 1,000% since 1977.

Aug 2019

  • A handwritten letter, dated November 18, 1840, from Ann Galt in Norfolk, Virginia to her brother William at UVA. She begins her letter by lamenting "the great loss to the college," the murder of Professor Davis.
    August 28, 2019
    Tracy Melton '85, member of the William & Mary Libraries Board of Directors, considers the words we use to describe crime and death in archival work. Read on to learn more about a nineteenth-century fatality recounted in the Galt Papers.
  • A complete view of the Native American signatories to the 1677 Articles of Peace agreement
    August 23, 2019
    A 1677 document in Special Collections explores how the British used print and language to both build relationships with and exert control over Native peoples.