About spcoll

Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center is a learning lab for students, much like a science lab, except the raw materials we offer for your experimentation and observation are original manuscripts, photographs, rare books, sheet music, maps, and other unique or rare treasures documenting humanity’s history and culture.

Four Math Problems and a Question

(Fig. 1) Question 32: “In the rectangle Triangle ABC is given the base AB=9 and the difference of the other sides that is the segment BD=3. Required the sides AC and BC severaly[sic].” Question 33: “In the Rectangle Triangle ABC is given the base AB=5 and the sum of the other sides AC+BC=25. Required the sides AC·BC ¬¬¬severaly[sic].” The Cabell Family Papers, Series 2, Box 11, Msv#15.

(Fig. 1) Question 32: “In the rectangle Triangle ABC is given the base AB=9 and the difference of the other sides that is the segment BD=3. Required the sides AC and BC severaly[sic].” Question 33: “In the Rectangle Triangle ABC is given the base AB=5 and the sum of the other sides AC+BC=25. Required the sides AC·BC ¬¬¬severaly[sic].”
The Cabell Family Papers, Series 2, Box 11, Msv#15.

Interspersed among the survey notes of Dr. William Cabell (1699-1774) within the Cabell Family Papers, 1693-1913, are mathematical problems ranging from standard arithmetic to algebraic equations. The majority of the inscriptions are in an unknown hand, possibly one of Dr. Cabell’s children, but we cannot be certain.

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Processing the Christopher Bram Papers

Movie poster for Gods and MonstersI recently processed the papers of Christopher Bram, a 1974 graduate of William & Mary and novelist.  His papers are regularly used in library instruction sessions for creative writing students, and having a more complete description will provide faster and easier access for both our researchers and staff.

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