Navigation in the Age of Robinson Crusoe

Jamie Bolker

Illustration from the ciphering book of Stephen Jenkins, 1823. Photo courtesy of the author.

As NPR reported in February, the US Navy wants to bring back the practice of celestial navigation, the antiquated art relying on complex calculations that has been handily replaced by GPS technology.  Since electronically assisted navigation over land and sea (and space) has become the norm, it is easy to forget how difficult traveling from point A to B was in centuries past. Read more

Exciting New Library Acquisitions for August

Image from diary of Le Minh Truong, 1973-1974

The Phillips Library has recently acquired some rare and interesting items for its manuscript collection. Here is a sampling of a few of those gems.

North Vietnamese Diary and Photo Album

North Vietnamese Diary and Photo Album by Le Minh Truong, 1973-1974

This handwritten diary and photo album by North Vietnamese war correspondent and photographer Le Minh Truong (1930-2012), documents his journey along the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam to Saigon between 1973 and 1974. Read more