Monthly Archives: January 2014

William Tippett, Belle Island, and the Foods of War

In May 2012, we bought a Civil War letter–certainly not the first, nor that last. However, it was one of those rare occasions in which I had to hoard a collection to process, all for myself. You see, Sgt. William S. Tippett had something to say–quite a bit, in fact–on the subject of food. I […] Continue reading

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Family, Kitchens, Gardens, and Language

Despite the cold temperatures in Blacksburg (or perhaps to spite the cold), my brain is on warmer seasons. As a result, our feature this week is an 1850 tome by Robert Buist about gardening: The Family Kitchen Gardener; Containing Plain and Accurate Descriptions of All the Different Species and Varieties of Culinary Vegetables with Their Botanical, English, French, and […] Continue reading

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A Note on Acquisitions

Just before the holiday break here at Virginia Tech, I received a large  book donation from one person, an inquiry about another sizeable donation, and an email about a short list of four items. When I returned to my office early last week, there was a cart waiting for me with a box, a bag, […] Continue reading

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Two Full Calendar Years of the Printing System are in the Books

We have just finished our 2nd calendar year of the Pharos Printing System and that has given us a great view of the trends and successes of our conversion to the automated system. First, some ancient history….23 years ago  when … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Diet and a Patent Medicine, All in One?

Welcome to 2014! A new year means a new start and that means resolutions. (Whether we follow up on them or not, we’re always optimistic in January, at least!) I started thinking how many people’s resolutions including losing weight, and I wondered what sort of historical treasures we might have on that topic. So this […] Continue reading

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