Digital Humanities Project

Our new Digital Scholarship Librarian, Alston Brake, has announced the following:

The Washington and Lee University Digital Humanities Working Group, which formed in August 2012, has launched its site Generally Digital at

The group will work to establish Digital Humanities as a more commonly accepted method of teaching and research on this campus and others.  The site will share information about the group’s ongoing outreach efforts, projects related to the curriculum and faculty research, resources and learning spaces on campus that can help in such work, and news from the Digital Humanities field at large.

If you have questions or suggestions for this group, please feel free to contact Alston ( or x8657).


New Head of Special Collections

It is our pleasure to announce that Tom Camden (W&L ’76) is assuming the position of Head of Special Collections and Archives for the Washington and Lee University Library. He succeeds Vaughan Stanley, who retired at the end of 2012.

Tom comes to us after serving as the Director of Special Collections at the Library of Virginia in Richmond since 2000. Prior to that, he held the post of Director for Museum and Research Library at the George C. Marshall Foundation.  His earlier positions include leading the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia (1984-1993) and serving as Manuscripts Curator at the New Hampshire Historical Society (1981-1984).

As many W&L veterans may know, Tom is a native of Rockbridge County and spent several summers during high school and college working in the former McCormick Library.   He went on to earn his Master’s of Science in Library Science from the University of Tennessee in 1980.

Tom holds memberships and leadership posts with a number of professional groups associated with rare books, museums, and archives in the mid-Atlantic region. He has also authored several articles and numerous exhibition catalogs and gallery guides.

He is a charter member of the W&L Friends of the Library (FOL) and has served on the FOL Board on three separate occasions, including his third appointment in May 2011. In May 2008, he presented the annual FOL spring program talk entitled, “Reviving the Old to Generate the New: One Man’s Passion.”

As you have an opportunity, please welcome Tom to his new role here at W&L, beginning Monday 7 January.  His office is on Lower Level 1 in Leyburn Library.