Author Archives: Katie Dumm

A Compendium of Books to Pass the Time

Apologies. It’s been ages since I’ve posted, and the reasons are not very numerous or interesting… largely, I suppose, winter has got me down and there’s nothing academic happening in my life at the moment. I read, I write, I fret, I peddle toys at my dreadful temporary job. In short, I languish. Late in […]

Changing Tracks (ish)

Well, I won’t say that my internship was a¬†smashing success, but it was enjoyable and I was able to make a real contribution to the project. Problems arose around the amount of work I was allowed to do per week based on how much I was getting paid, which was not much, leading to there […]

Map Library Madness

Things are slow in the research world. I feel a bit like I’ve been trying to swim through hummus, where every little task takes so much more effort than anticipated. I’m attempting to compile a checklist of maps that Andrew Millar was involved in either commissioning or selling… This doesn’t sound that difficult but really, […]

Andrew Millar: An Introduction

My first task as a research assistant was to go through the microfilm of the Records of the Worshipful Company of Stationers (1554-1920) and find all of the publications that Andrew Millar owned copyright to, and create a spreadsheet with the information from that combined with information available on the English Short Title Catalogue, the […]

An Epistle to my Dear Readers concerning some matters personal and professional

My Dearest Readers, Perhaps an explanation for my long absence is necessary. The final few months of grad school were pretty intense and I worked extremely hard. My academic internship was over and I let the blog slide into near oblivion as I focused on my dissertation. I was examining disputes among medical professionals at […]

Turned to Stone: The Case of the Unusual Skeleton

Turned to Stone: The Case of the Unusual Skeleton. A fantastic piece of medical culture history, and one that has inspired me to up my game on my blog.

A (very) Brief History of Smallpox Inoculation in Britain

Summer wears on and the dissertation is constantly a work in progress. I am about half way done at this point, though I woke up in the middle of the night last night to a feeling of dread as the words ‘it’s almost the end of June’ floated through my mind. The project has taken […]