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.

Oxford W.E.B. Du Bois

Leyburn Library has acquired the new Oxford W.E.B. Du Bois set, a landmark in the publishing of works by African American authors.
Edited by Henry Louis Gates, this 19-volume collection contains all the literary works by Du Bois in the broad range of fields in which this eminent scholar worked. In the words of the publisher, “In addition to his scholarly works of history and sociology, the series includes his efforts in fiction, nonfiction, biography, and autobiography– both in long form and in essays.”
You can see the complete list of volumes in Annie, here.
For more information about the set, see this publisher’s page.

Sex and Drinking Data

Leyburn Library continues to develop its collection of online reference electronic books (e-books) with these two statistical compilations:
American Sexual Behavior
Who’s Buying Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic Beverages
Like most e-books available through the library Web site and Annie, these two titles are Washington and Lee subscriptions — not free Web resources — and are available online to current W&L faculty, students, and staff from just about any location in the world permitting access to our campus computing network.
If you have questions or comments about these or other reference e-books, please contact Dick Grefe.

Mock Convention Research

Leyburn Library has created an online guide designed to help participants in the 2008 Democratic Mock Convention “monitor news, track public opinion, find information on candidates, retrieve data and articles, and perform other research.”
The guide, which likely will be updated often in the coming months, is available here.

Anthropology Encyclopedias

Leyburn Library has acquired online access to a collection of three outstanding encyclopedias which should be of value to students and faculty researching cross-cultural issues around the world.
Each of these encyclopedias was originally published by Kluwer/Springer and now they are available as electronic books to W&L users, on campus or anywhere else with access to the campus computing network.
Encyclopedia of Diasporas
Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology
Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender

New Exhibit on Robert E. Lee

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s birth there is a new exhibit on display in the Boatwright Room, next to Special Collections, in Leyburn Library.
“Robert E. Lee in Documents and Photographs” includes the original document signed by President Gerald Ford restoring General Lee’s citizenship posthumously in 1975. It also contains the earliest known photograph of Lee showing him in the role he cherished most, that of the family man. Several other important documents written by Lee are featured.
The Boatwright Room is open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday and the exhibit will remain in place for several months.

College Blue Book

The University Library now offers the Washington and Lee community online access to the new 2007 edition of the College Blue Book, one of the most respected collections of information on colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
The link is on this page.
The College Blue Book is just one of the resources available on our Web site’s Colleges and Univesities collection.