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Map of the Month

To launch the JCB’s new ‘Map of the Month’ feature, we have chosen one of the most dramatic and decorative maps of New England and the Atlantic seaboard ever issued. Researcher-in-Residence Chet Van Duzer has been studying this map for his current research project on...

Meet a JCB Fellow

Juan Cobo Betancourt, Assistant Professor of History at UC Santa Barbara, is spending his nine-month Donald L. Saunders Fellowship at the JCB researching and writing The coming of the Kingdom: the Muisca, the Catholic Reformation, and the Spanish monarchy in the New Kingdom of Granada....

Adventures in Cataloguing

Adam Lonicer (1528-1586). Kraüter-Buch, und künstliche Conterfeyungen der Baümen, Stauden, Hecken, Kraütern, Geträyde, Gewürtzen &c. Ulm, Germany: 1703. 

Comprising over 750 pages, this extensive overview of natural history was first printed in Latin under the title “Naturalis historiae opus novum” in Frankfurt in 1551 (not held...

Seventy-five years ago, a small group of benefactors and bibliophiles in Rhode Island came together at a dark time in the nation’s – and the world’s – history. Five months before D-Day, in January 1944, men and women in Providence decided to focus their attention on...

Earlier this month, the community of Mexican historians – in Mexico and the United States – lost two towering figures in colonial Mexican history. The renowned Mexican anthropologist and historian Miguel Léon-Portilla passed away on October 1, 2019, at the age of 93, and R....

In celebration of the bicentenary of Colombia's independence from Spain, the JCB partnered with the Embassy of Colombia in Washington, DC for events highlighting the Library's extraordinary collection of early Colombian history. On September 12, 2019, former JCB fellow Cristina Soriano (a historian at Villanova University outside...