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Global Knowledge, Eighteenth-Century Style

· June 3rd, 2020 · No Comments

In this post, WMQ author Tamara Plakins Thornton recounts how she came to understand eighteenth-century globes and how that changed the way she needed them illustrated for her article in the April 2020 issue.  Through September 30, you can read this article for free on the OI Reader. We will close the beta period of… Read More »

A (no pressure!) intro to online writing groups

· May 7th, 2020 · No Comments

By Vineeta Singh Aren’t you sick of everyone telling you how you should be working right now? We are in a pandemic and research productivity isn’t exactly top-of-mind for everyone right now. And I’m not here to argue that it should be. If you are working through your relationship with research productivity right now, I… Read More »

Advisories Versus Executive Orders

· April 21st, 2020 · No Comments

By Liz Covart In late March and early April, state and municipal governments across the United States issued orders for residents to “stay at home” to combat the covid-19 pandemic. As of April 16, 2020, forty-two states, three counties, nine cities, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia had ordered residents to close physical locations… Read More »

The OI and the NEL

· April 15th, 2020 · No Comments

Today the OI joins with its publishing partner for books, the University of North Carolina Press, in a limited agreement for our books to appear in the Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library.  We do this as a good faith effort to engage with the IA’s work and with the fervent hope that a greater commitment to… Read More »

· April 10th, 2020 · No Comments

We remain committed to our central mission of supporting scholars and scholarship of early America. During the pandemic, we are pivoting to focus on and increase our digital offerings. Please stay in touch and let us know how we might serve you during this difficult time. —The Omohundro Institute

Using Colonial Virginia Portraits

· April 2nd, 2020 · No Comments

Exploring a Visual Archive with Students by Janine Yorimoto Boldt While we are all in quarantine mode, many of us adjusting to online teaching and turning to digital resources like never before, it is a good time to explore Colonial Virginia Portraits, especially if you haven’t already. If you’re looking for a digital resource to… Read More »

Women Also Know Washington

· March 26th, 2020 · 1 Comment

By Lindsay Chervinsky In the preface to You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington, Alexis Coe emphasizes that she is the first woman in many decades to write a cradle-to-grave biography. A modern take on the Washington biography genre is certainly welcome—if there are thousands of books on Washington, the vast majority… Read More »