Lillian Vanous Nutt Room

The Arrival of Shakespeare at 
St. John’s College, Annapolis, 1870-1880

August 20th–December 17th, 2014


The Greenfield Library’s Fall 2014 exhibit, created by Hollis Thoms (AGI06), shows the introduction of Shakespeare to St. John’s College in the 19th century.  Thoms traces the beginnings of Shakespeare at St. John’s to James Mercer Garnett, 10th Principal of the College. James Garnett, a graduate of the University of Virginia, and a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, provided the leadership and scholarship that was instrumental in bringing serious study of Shakespeare’s plays to St. John’s.

This exhibit features items on loan from the United States Naval Academy (Lt. General Jubal Early’s  A Memoir of the Last Year of the War for Independence in the Confederate States of America), and the University of North Texas (a ledger belonging to SJC alumnus William C. Devecmon, 1881), facsimiles of James Garnett’s Diary from the University of Virginia, several items from Hollis Thoms’ collection, and books and archival materials from the Greenfield Library’s collection (including an acquisition ledger showing the possible first Shakespeare volumes added to the St. John’s College Library in 1871).

Hollis Thoms will be giving a talk on November 5 at 3 p.m. in the Lilian Vanous Nutt Room. Following the talk, a discussion will be led by Tutor, Tom May.