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Williams Ethnological Collection

The John J. Burns Library is home to the formerly named Nicholas M. Williams Ethnological Collection, now known at the library simply as the Williams Ethnological Collection. A large and important amount of material with especial strengths in Carribeana and … Continue reading

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Accuracy & Extrapolation: Maps of the Caribbean, Ireland and Madagascar

Mapping and Mercantilism in the Caribbean Cartography in Britain, and much of Europe in general, revolved around naval commerce and travel during the early modern period.  Cartographers like Thomas Jefferys (1719 – 1771) created these maps within a competitive economic … Continue reading

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Mapping and Legitimizing New Spain

The Mapping of New Spain When Alexander von Humboldt, a Prussian naturalist widely considered one of the brightest scientific minds of his era, set off on a voyage to South America, the Spanish colony of New Spain (modern-day Mexico) was … Continue reading

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Reading Room Log: Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day!

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is celebrated annually on September 19th, the Burns Library offers you a Flickr set of images from pirate-related books and manuscripts in the Burns Library’s collections.  Pirates were – and … Continue reading

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