About Jay Gaidmore

Marian and Alan McLeod Director of the Special Collections Research Center

Commonplace Book of Captain Walter P. Snow of Maryland

Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Laura K. Lawrence of Williamsburg, the commonplace book of Captain Walter Snow of Maryland, a prominent ship captain and lawyer during the nineteenth century, has found a permanent home in William and Mary’s Special Collections Research Center, where it has been digitized and will be preserved for future generations of students and scholars to use and enjoy.

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Special Collections and the Lemon Project Welcome Descendants of Solomon Northup

First Edition of Northup's Twelve Years A Slave, 1853In the summer of 2014, several descendants of Solomon Northup, whose story in slavery was depicted in the recent Oscar-winning movie, 12 Years A Slave, visited Swem Library to see the diary kept by Florence A. Barber, the daughter of Philip and Margaret Anne Stanton and granddaughter of Solomon Northup. At the end of the movie, it was Florence’s mother, Margaret Anne, who presents her first born, Solomon Northup Stanton, to her father.

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Colonel Joshua Fry Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists visits Swem Library

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Members of the Colonel Joshua Fry Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists The Special Collections Research Center was pleased to host a meeting of the Colonel Joshua Fry Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists (NSDAC) on September 16, 2013.

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Pennyroyal Caxton Bible donated to Swem Library

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Swem's Pennyroyal Caxton BibleThanks to the generosity of Bruce and Suzie Kovner, Swem Library has received a copy of the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible.  This version of the King James Bible was created by Barry Moser, the noted printmaker and book illustrator, who spent three years designing and setting the type and carving the engravings.

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