About Petrina Jackson

I am the head of instruction and outreach for the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

Patron’s Choice: Exploring the Gannaway/Ganaway Family Roots

This week, we are pleased to feature a guest post from researcher Brenda Fredericks. Mrs. Fredericks is an independent scholar researching her family’s genealogy. She spent number of days studying the David Molloy Gannaway Papers. My trip to the Albert … Continue reading

Tales from Under Grounds III: Drinking and Gambling

This is the final in a series of three posts, spotlighting the mini-exhibitions of students from USEM 1580: Researching History, Fall 2015. *** Matthew Parker, First-Year Student Alcohol and Parties at the University of Virginia Drinking has been a part … Continue reading

Tales from Under Grounds III: Biblical Art and The Architecture of Monticello

This is the second in a series of three posts, spotlighting the mini-exhibitions of students from USEM 1580: Researching History, Fall 2015. *** Carolyn Ours, Second-Year Student “He has made everything beautiful in its time”: Biblical Art and Typography Through … Continue reading

…And to all a Good Night! —that means you, John Boy

The holidays are upon us! As we watch the students head home, the weather cool (well…not as much as we might like), and twinkling lights appear all over town, we are adding to the holiday mood with a special post … Continue reading

Tales from Under Grounds III: Circuses and Light

This is the first in a series of three posts, spotlighting the mini-exhibitions of students from USEM 1580: Researching History, Fall 2015. This semester marks the third time I have taught the University Seminar course Researching History. The course gives … Continue reading

On View Now: American Broadsides to 1860

This week’s feature is a post by George Riser, Collections and Instruction Assistant for the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. “American Broadsides to 1860 features 72 broadsides—almost exclusively American and dating prior to 1860—drawn from the holdings of the … Continue reading

Tales from Under Grounds II: War

This is the final of four posts, spotlighting the mini-exhibitions of students from USEM 1570: Researching History. *** Turner Labrie, First-Year Student Virginia and The Spanish American War In February of 1895, the Spanish-controlled island of Cuba erupted in rebellion. … Continue reading

Tales From Under Grounds II: Regional History and Mr. Jefferson and His University

This is the third in a series of four posts, spotlighting the mini-exhibitions of students from USEM 1570: Researching History. *** Zach Buettner, First-Year Student The Early History of Woodberry Forest School Woodberry Forest School, founded by Robert Stringfellow Walker … Continue reading

Tales from Under Grounds II: Pastimes, Play Time, Illustration, and Literature

This is the second in a series of four blog posts, spotlighting the mini-exhibitions of fall semester 2014 students from USEM 1570: Researching History.  The following is the abridged version of the students’ final projects, featured at their outreach program, … Continue reading