Posters: Not Just For Teenagers Anymore

Before starting work at the Special Collections Research Center, I assumed archives were repositories of serious things relating to very serious matters.  There are most certainly serious documents which serve very important purposes, but there are just so many more things housed in the archives here.  Many of these things have come to my attention through work on exhibits or in talking to members of the staff.  There is an entire collection of various editions of The Night Before Christmas.  There is the Chapin-Horowitz Collection which contains over 10,000 books in a number of different languages about dogs.  Some of these books come from the sixteenth century.  There are even models of the choir used to determine standing arrangements for concerts and sports memorabilia from William and Mary athletic events.  All these collections are a far cry from my previous, narrow view of what might be found in the archives.

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