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Special Collections and Archives Department Launches Its First Online Search Tool

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Researchers now have an easy way to comb through the 1,000 collections of manuscripts and photographs at Washington and Lee University’s Special Collections and Archives. “The department has launched its first online search tool, which will enable researchers to discover these treasures,” said Alston Cobourn, digital scholarship librarian at W&L.

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Mellon Foundation Grants W&L Funds for Digital Humanities, Study of History


Washington and Lee University has received project grants totaling $950,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — one to develop new methods of teaching the humanities using technology and another to study how the lessons of history help us interpret contemporary issues.

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W&L Receives Major Collection of Images on Anniversary of Lee's Surrender at Appomattox

Original watercolor by Benjamin West Clinedinst (1859–1931) of a crucial moment in the discussions when Grant was writing down the terms of surrender. Currently on display as part of the “Lee in the Field” exhibit at W&L’s Lee Chapel.

Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, Washington and Lee University has received the gift of a rare collection of 29 vintage prints and original graphics depicting the historic event. It is arguably the most comprehensive collection of such images — all of immaculate museum quality and including two original works by artists of the period.

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W&L Librarian Emeritus Maurice D. Leach Jr. Dies at 91

Maurice D. Leach Jr.

Maurice D. Leach Jr., who headed the library at Washington and Lee University from 1968 to 1985, died on March 21, in Lexington. He was 91.

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W&L Purchases Times of London Digital Archive

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Patrons of Washington and Lee University's Library may now read the digital archives of the Times of London, one of the best-known newspapers in the world, which has been covering world events since 1785.

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Launching the Digital Humanities Movement at W&L

Sara Sprenkle, Jeff Barry, Julie Knudson and Paul Youngman

Washington and Lee faculty members Sara Sprenkle, Paul Youngman, Jeff Barry and Julie Knudson have published a case study on blended learning in the liberal arts.

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Essential Personnel Keep W&L Open, Even When Closed

Celia Clark clears snow

When 10 inches of snow make it necessary to "close" Washington and Lee, not every employee stays home for the day—or the night. Nearly 1,000 people live on campus, depending on the University for food and beverage, health services, security, utilities and, of course, snow removal. Designated essential personnel make their way to campus regardless of the conditions, working as long as necessary to take care of the academic community.

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John Tombarge Named University Librarian at W&L

John Tombarge

Appointment of former associate librarian for digital services and strategies effective July 1.

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W&L’s Versatile Learning Classroom Turns Tradition Upside Down

Washington and Lee biology professor Helen I'Anson works with students in the University's new Versatile Learning Classroom.

An experimental classroom at Washington and Lee puts the professor in the middle, rather than at the front.

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W&L Creates Website for Stonewall Jackson Cemetery Census

Gravestone in Stonewall Jackson Cemetery of Miss Annie Joe White, the Washington and Lee librarian who organized the first Fancy Dress Ball

Washington and Lee University's Leyburn Library has created a new website that catalogues almost 60 percent of graves in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in Lexington, Va.

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