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Westminster College Purchases "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography"

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Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Westminster College has received a copy of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, a 60-volume reference work.

 "This is a work which makes superlatives superfluous," writes a columnist for the New York Times.  "Running 11 feet along the shelf and weighing in at a healthy defensive end's 280 pounds, the D.N.B.'s 60 volumes contain 60,000 pages and some 60 million words.  More than 10,000 contributors have written a total of 54,922 essays on the worthies (as well as the worthless) who make up the fabric of British history."

 "I am pleased to report that Westminster's copy of this work was delivered and will be appearing on the shelves in the reference room of McGill Library shortly," said Molly Spinney, head librarian at Westminster College.

 For more information, contact Spinney at (724) 946-7323 or e-mail