Chronicle and Slavery


The Chronicle of Higher Education on 19 April 2016 published an article on recent efforts by U.S. colleges to acknowledge and commemorate their involvement with the institution of slavery.

Coverage of Washington and Lee University includes a reference to the African Americans at Washington and Lee: A Timeline compilation, which is heavily based on materials held by the University Library’s Special Collections and Archives.    (You will be able to trace the development of this timeline by checking the Internet Archive.)


Something “Bad” on the Main Floor


Inspired by Washington and Lee University’s “Shakespeare 2016!” commemoration, the University Library is hosting an exhibit on Leyburn Library’s Main Floor entitled “The Bad Quarto.”


The earliest published edition of Shakespeare’s Hamlet was published in a small “paperback” edition, known as a quarto, in 1603.  Known as the “first quarto,” or sometimes the “bad quarto,” this earliest version (Q1) is much shorter and quite different from later published versions, including the Second Quarto in 1604 or the First Folio in 1623.   For more information on quartos (Hamlet, “bad,” and otherwise), see the Oxford Companion to Shakespeare and The First Two Quartos of Hamlet

The focal point of this exhibition in Leyburn Library is the Bad Quarto — a book created by a collective of book artists at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center (VABC) in Charlottesville.  The Virginia Arts of the Book Center is a work-space for book artists who do letterpress printing, bookbinding, papermaking, design, and printmaking.  Every year, the VABC creates a collective project and 2015’s project was “Bad Quarto,” an artists’ book interpretation of Q1, involving more than 20 printers, artists, and book binders.  Fifty-five copies of the book were produced.  The book is exhibited in two forms: the finished, bound book itself and a display of the 64 unbound pages of artwork, graphics, and printed text.

This exhibit will be available until 3 May 2016.

Spring Break Library Hours Fade — Open Again


The Sunday 12:00 noon chiming of the Lee Chapel clock means the University Library’s Spring Break is over.   Yes, Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library are open again.

How did this go so fast?!

Leyburn Library

  • Saturday 16 April — close @ 8:00 am [sic]
  • Sunday 17 April — closed
  • Monday 18 April through Thursday 21 April — 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight
  • Friday 22 April — 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 23 April — closed
  • Sunday 24 April — open @ 12:00 noon and resume regular academic hours

Telford Science Library

  • Friday 15 April — close @ 10:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 April — closed
  • Monday 18 April through Friday 22 April — 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday 23 April — closed
  • Sunday 24 April — open @ 12:00 noon and resume regular academic hours


Reception for Brownsburg Display [past event]


An opening reception for Professor of Cultural Anthropology Sascha Goluboff’s poster series, “A Journey Through Brownsburg, Virginia in 1860,” will be held on Thursday 7 from 2:30-3:00 p.m. on the Main Floor in Leyburn Library.

In this poster series, a fictionalized Mr. Samuel Winthrop meets several important African-American men and women who lived in the Brownsburg community. While this narrative is a piece of creative writing, the individuals depicted are as close to historically accurate as possible in part due to Professor Goluboff’s use of archival documents found in Washington and Lee’s Special Collections. She uses some of the key sources in the display.

Beverages will be provided.

Capstones, Theses, and More [past event]


Washington and Lee students who are preparing capstone papers, honors theses, or other researchprojects might be interested in this brief program on their rights as creators of such works.   For example: Who owns your paper?

W&L University librarians will speak and answer questions about students’ legal rights as authors, about procedures for the archiving of capstone paper and honors theses, and about sharing original work with the world — or not.

The session will take place on Tuesday 5 April in Northen Auditorium, from 7:00 to 8:00pm, and will be significantly enhanced by free pizza.
Questions should be directed to Alston Cobourn, W&L’s Digital Scholarship Librarian.



Science Scholarship [past event]


On Wednesday 6 April, from 12:30 to 2:30 PM, the University Library will unveil the new Science Faculty Publication Display, where we will feature the scholarly work of our science faculty.

The reception and the display will be on Telford Science Library’s 3rd floor.  All members of the W&L community are invited.

And there will be the ever-popular “snacks.”