“Exceptional in Any Age”: The Library of Lady Jean Skipwith

The Library of Congress’s reconstruction of Thomas Jefferson’s library now receives many visitors who wander through the remarkable library of a remarkable man, institutionalized at the very heart of the US government. The importance and preservation of the libraries of “great men” has been a part of our history for a long time; and most national, university, college, and other institutional libraries are based around those of white men.

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Pirates in Special Collections!


Pirates, pirates, pirates!

From the 16th century through the 19th century, pirates interrupted the shipping trade between Great Britain, Spain, France, Africa, and the New World, particularly along the east coast of North America down to the islands of the Caribbean. They attacked and plundered merchant ships as they transported slaves, treasures, tobacco and other goods along and across the Atlantic Ocean.

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