British Virginia

British Virginia is a series of scholarly editions of documents touching on the colony. Its original sources constitute the literature of English colonization in North America. British Virginia editions appear principally in digital form, freely downloadable. The editorial offices sit appropriately on the John Smith trail, at the research university nearest both the falls of the James River and the site of the first English college planned for this side of the Atlantic Ocean, Henricus College.

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British Virginia offers internships to both bachelors' and graduate students (of up to three credits for one or two semesters). Interns work primarily with digital images from libraries and digital transcripts from scholarly editors; they typeset upcoming editions in Adobe InDesign. Occasionally, interns have opportunities to do other work as well, such as consulting rare books, letterpress printing, and more traditional graphic design.