More W&L History Online

Among the materials recently added to the University Library’s online Digital Repository are several notable items integral to the history of Washington and Lee University.

  • We recently loaded more than ten additional years of the student newspaper the Ring-Tum Phi, bringing online coverage forward to 1937.  Issues published from 1897 to 1937 can be searched and/or viewed online.
  • You now can listen to audio of former Vice President Alben Barkley’s speech at the 1956 Mock Convention, widely known as the event during which Barkley collapsed and died.   The piece includes an introduction and concluding comments by alumnus and Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications, Emeritus, John Jennings, who was then a student at W&L.
  • Digitized 8mm film from alumnus Milton Eliot shows 1956 footage of the Colonnade, the Mock Convention parade and sessions, and additional footage of students at social events.  Please note that this video may take 20 or more minutes to load.

The Digital Repository is a developing project which seeks to collect, preserve, and provide access to selected materials owned or created by W&L and members of its community.  Questions about the DR can be referred to Alston Cobourn, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

About Those Flags

Should you feel an urge to learn more about Confederate battle flags, the Washington and Lee University Library can lend a hand.

We just acquired a couple of books which are of particular interest:

  • We now have an e-book copy of John Coski’s 2005 Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem, certainly one of the most respected histories on the topic.  We also have a printed copy (which always seems to be checked out).
  • And we also have two copies of what must be the most recently-published book on the topic, The Confederacy’s First Battle Flag: The Story of the Southern Cross, written by W&L alumnus Kent Masterson Brown.

You can view a list of these and releated books in the library’s collections by clicking on this catalog link.

New Streaming Video

The Washington and Lee University Library now provides access to a small selection of media productions through streaming video links in our catalog.

Here are our first examples, all of which are available online to W&L researchers from both on-campus and off-campus locations.

The Most Dangerous Man in America   Award-winning documentary about Daniel Ellsburg and the Pentagon Papers.

BBC Shakespeare Plays   This collection from Ambrose includes all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, originally produced for British television in the 1970’s and 1980’s, with each play  viewable here either by individual act or in its entirety.
Please note that this collection also includes other series, including Shakespeare: The Animated Tales, A History of Great Playwrights, Great Directors, Hollywood’s Greatest Directors, and more.

A selection of sustainability-related documentaries:
*  Affluenza
Post-Carbon Futures
Seeds of Hunger
Waste = Food
Watershed