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June 29, 2022

Intellectual Property is actually a relatively new concept, historically speaking. Rights to intangible property didn’t become codified until the Statute of Anne in the 18th century; this is widely considered the first legally binding document defining and establishing intellectual property.

Previous Posts

Mar 2021

  • E. R. Rose cabinet card, verso
    March 23, 2021
    Written by graduate student assistant, Erna Anderson. This exhibit is on view in the Swem Library lobby through April 1, 2021. [[Content warning: This post discusses blackface and gender impersonation.]]  
  • an image of a sand dollar on the wet beach
    March 16, 2021
    In this series, we are spotlighting researchers who have contributed to W&M ScholarWorks, our institutional repository. We asked each researcher to identify a scholarly work and share the “human story” behind it. Who are the people behind the data and theory, and how were they affected by the scholarship?   
  • Candice, a woman with short brown hair,  teaching in front of a classroom.
    March 9, 2021
    In this series, we are spotlighting researchers who have contributed to W&M ScholarWorks, our institutional repository. We asked each researcher to identify a scholarly work and share the “human story” behind it. Who are the people behind the data and theory, and how were they affected by the scholarship?   
  • Allen Ginsberg at W&M, 1971 Colonial Echo, vol. 1, p. 95 (Photo by Bruce Nyland)
    March 8, 2021
    Beatific. Sympathetic. Spiritually illuminated. An ecological, fresh-planet consciousness. So Beat writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac described their work, their art, their lives.
  • Paul Heideman
    March 5, 2021
    It’s OE Week and we’ve been spending some time thinking about all the ways OERs have impacted the people at William & Mary. One such person is biology professor, Paul Heideman. Dr. Heideman is well known on campus as a passionate teacher, accomplished researcher and author, and OER advocate. Jessica Ramey, one of our research librarians, recently got the opportunity to ask Dr.

Feb 2021

  • February 26, 2021
    By Jake Beardsley '21
  • Stamped book cover
    February 8, 2021
    In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, protestors in Bristol toppled the statue of Edward Colston (1636-1721) in an act representative of an accelerated global reckoning with the legacies of enslavement and colonialism.
  • February 4, 2021
    This February marks the annual celebration of Black History Month, officially recognized by President Gerald Ford as a period to “honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” 

Jan 2021

  • Martin Luther King
    January 15, 2021
    On January 18, 2021 our nation marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. On this day we honor his life and legacy as a civil rights leader. W&M Libraries provides access to a host of resources chronicling the life and legacy of Dr. King. 

Dec 2020