Petting to Reduce Stress

The end of the term can be a stressful period and sometimes petting someone can help.

You might remember Fall Term’s visit from Duncan, a certified therapy dog with Therapets of Roanoke Valley.   Duncan had such a great experience that he’s coming back, just in time to help with end-of-term blues here at W&L.

Duncan (and his handler) will make a stress-reduction housecall on Leyburn Library’s Main Floor on Friday 4 April from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

Stop by Friday afternoon and let Duncan help with your life.







The Holocaust and Literature

Eric Sundquist of Johns Hopkins University will present the Shannon-Clark Lecture in Leyburn Library’s Northen Auditorium at 7:00 PM on Thursday 27 April.

Professor Sundquist’s topic will be will be “The Historian’s Anvil, the Novelist’s Crucible: What Literature Can Tell Us about the Holocaust.”  The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, see this W&L news release.

Honors Theses as History

As part of our mission to preserve Washington and Lee University’s institutional history, the University Library seeks to acquire and preserve copies of all W&L student honors theses. This effort extends back to the first decade of the 20th century and now includes the option to perserve and make available theses in online form.

We encourage current students working on honors theses to submit a digital file of the completed thesis for our Digital Repository through this online form (available only to students).

A student may choose to allow freely available online access to his/her thesis, to restrict online access to the W&L community only, or to allow the library to make only a printed copy available.   One other option is to make the work available only after an initial embargo period.

You can view a more-or-less complete list of items in our honors thesis collection in Annie, the library catalog.

If you have questions or concerns about submitting theses, the online form, or the Digital Repository, please feel free to contact Digital Scholarship Librarian Alston Cobourn by email ( or phone (540-458-8657).

New in Digital Repository

Several small collections relevant to the history of Washington and Lee University and the Lexington-Rockbridge area have been added to the University Library’s online Digital Repository.

This developing project seeks to collect, preserve, and provide access to selected materials owned or created by W&L and members of its community.

  • Historic Lexington Parade (videorecording) is a film from 1930 which has been transferred to a digital format.  The parade, along Lexington’s Main Street, was in celebration of Warner Brothers Silver Anniversary.
  • The Spectator has been revived and issues will be added to the Digital Repository as they are released.  So far, two issues are available.
  • James McDowell Papers, 1795-1816 is a very small collection of legal documents centering around real estate transactions.
  • Library Construction and Renovation Records is a small collection of photographs from the 1979 construction of James Graham Leyburn Library, which was originally named the University Library.   (The term “University Library” now is a blanket term covering both Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library.).  There is also a slideshow from 2009, by Mary Abdoney and Karin O’Callaghan, about the renovation.

Questions about the Digital Repository can be referred to Alston Cobourn, Digital Scholarship Librarian.


Winter Hoard (or Horde) of Reference E-Books

In the first couple of months in 2014, the Washington and Lee University Library has acquired access to dozens of online books designed to be used for reference purposes in support of W&L undergraduate courses and research.  Below is a selection of those volumes.

Since these books are supplied by a variety of publishers and suppliers, you will encounter a variety of online interfaces as you move from one publication to another.  Each item is  available online to W&L students and faculty from both on-campus and off-campus locations.

APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology

Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences

Chinese vs. Western Perspectives : Understanding Contemporary China

College Blue Book

Companion to Linguistic Anthropology

Companion to Tacitus

Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation’s Journalism

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions

Ethics in Public Health and Health Policy : Concepts, Methods, Case Studies

Handbook of Communication and Corporate Reputation

Health Care Systems Around the World: A Comparative Guide

History of Jewish-Muslim Relations:  From the Origins to the Present Day

Origins of Mathematical Words: A Comprehensive Dictionary of Latin, Greek, and Arabic Roots

Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation

Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics

Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies

Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence

Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare’s Poetry

Sage Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Wiley Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature

Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements

Worldviews of Aspiring Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan and Russia