About Petrina Jackson

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

Tales from Under Grounds II: Plato, Darwin, Early Medical Practices, and Peaceful Protests

This is the first in a series of four posts, spotlighting the mini-exhibitions of students from USEM 1570: Researching History, Fall 2014. Last semester, I taught USEM 1570: Researching History for the second time. The course gives first-year students the … Continue reading

Collecting History in Real Time

As early as November 21st, a spontaneous display of notes, supporting rape survivors and expressing grief and anger, began appearing at the entrance of Peabody Hall, home of the Office of the Dean of Students and Undergraduate Admissions. The display … Continue reading

Class Notes: Tolkien, Middle Earth, and Medieval Manuscripts in Special Collections

A few weeks back, we shared on this blog the story of our recent acquisition of a rare Tolkien book. A few days later, curator Molly Schwartzburg received an e-mail from English Department graduate student Caitlin Hamilton, who had just … Continue reading

Finding Humanity in the Past

This week, we are pleased to feature a guest post by Gayle Jessup White, who is a Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies Fellow for 2014. Ms. White researched the collections of Thomas Jefferson, the Edgehill Randolph family, … Continue reading

Tales from Under Grounds: Mr. Jefferson, his Women and his University

This is the last in a series of four posts, spotlighting the mini-exhibitions of students from USEM 1570: Researching History. *** Laura McCarthy, Second-Year Student Martha Jefferson Randolph: Her Time in the Spotlight Martha Jefferson Randolph was born to Thomas … Continue reading

ABCs of Special Collections: Z is for…

Can you believe that 52 weeks have passed, and we have come to the final installation of the ABCs of Special Collections? Yes, folks, we have come to the letter: Z is for Morton Dauwen Zabel Morton Dauwen Zabel was … Continue reading

ABCs of Special Collections: Y is for…

We have traveled a long way from “A” to “X” and have landed at the letter: Y is for Yaddo Yaddo is a retreat for artists in Saratoga Springs, New York, founded in 1900 by Spencer Trask and his wife, … Continue reading

Tales from Under Grounds: Literature and U.Va. Societies

This is the third in a series of four posts, spotlighting the mini-exhibitions of students from USEM 1570: Researching History. This is the abridged version of the students’ projects, featured at their outreach program, Tales from Under Grounds. *** Abby … Continue reading

Top 10 Mementos of U.Va. Men’s Basketball

We are pleased to feature a guest post by Third-Year Garrett Gottesman and Fourth-Year Susan Gravatt, bloggers for The Media Studies Experience. After a tough loss against Michigan State on Friday during the Sweet Sixteen round of this year’s NCAA … Continue reading

The Patriarch and Matriarch of the Albemarle County Rushes

This week, we are very pleased to feature a guest post from Special Collections Reference Coordinator Regina Rush. “…and they stopped in my vision and looked up at me like I had something…to tell or something that needed to be … Continue reading