Mock Convention Display

The drama of the most famous Mock Convention in Washinton and Lee University’s history is brought to life in a new display in the Main Floor lobby of Leyburn Library.
Just over fifty years ago, former U.S. Vice-President Alben W. Barkley collapsed and died in Doremus Gymnasium as he concluded his keynote address to the 1956 convention. Documents and artifacts from the library’s Special Collections take us back to “The Dramatic Events of the 1956 Mock Convention,” including not only Barkley’s death, but also voting projections, the opening parade through downtown Lexington, and more.
The materials will be on display through the end of June.
For information on the upcoming 2008 Mock Convention, see this site.

Two Year's Work Databases

The W&L University Library now has online access to two important literature review resources in literary and cultural criticism: Year’s Work in English Studies and its companion, Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory.
Both these Oxford University Press titles are excellent annual overviews of developments in a range of fields. The subject matter of the first title is mostly self-evident, including such subject areas as Old English Literature, the Victorian Period, and New Literatures.
But the latter title is much more multi-disciplinary, with coverage of such topics as Deconstruction, Feminisms, History and Historiography, Multiculturalism, Film Theory, and Irish Studies.

Digital Washington Papers

Thanks to a generous gift from the Washington and Lee University’s Friends of the Library, W&L students, faculty, staff, and visiting researchers now have online access to the Papers of George Washington, Digital Edition.
This electronic edition is derived from the Papers project begun in 1969 by the University of Virginia and the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. As of 2006, the database includes the first 52 volumes of the print series. More material will be added within a year or so of the release of future print volumes.
Here is our access page.