Well, here comes the knitty gritty of what I have found so far– letters of correspondence between the Bray Associates and their American counterparts working with the Williamsburg Bray Schools. If anything, these letters may reveal the most to me about the day-to-day workings of the Williamsburg Bray School.
As promised, I’m posting now about what I discovered in the Bray Papers, housed at Swem’s Special Collections. There is quite a bit to learn from the papers actually, and now that I have all the basics gathered and transcribed, I am looking forward to interpreting them and seeing what new and unique conclusions I can draw!
It seems so strange that I am already so deep into my research on the Bray School. I feel like I have been neglecting this blog, but time has truly been flying! To make up for it, I’m going to do a little 3-part series of blog posts: first, how I set myself up to hunker down in Special Collections at Swem, then a few of the things I found while doing primary source research, and finally an overview of some of the secondary sources I’ve been looking at. Today, I start looking through the microfilms of the Virginia Gazette, and it is my firm goal to write a post the instant I’ve finished them!
Hello there! My name is Sarah Marcellin, and I am a junior (soon to be senior, what?!) at the College of William and Mary. I am a history major, and dual enrolled as an undergrad with William and Mary’s School of Education in the secondary education program. I was thrilled—and a little shocked, since I’m a bit of a research novice– to receive a scholarship through the Dewey Renick Memorial Fund and the Charles Center, which will set me on my way to doing research with the Lemon Project this summer. Though the sum total of my experience with primary sources adds up to one course, when I think of this project I feel just like a child on their birthday, waiting to unwrap the endless brightly colored presents history has to offer.