The Archives Reading Room is located on the lower level of Kinlaw Library. Open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, we offer students a unique research-conducting environment. Surrounded by paintings and plaques that reflect the heritage of Asbury, students are invited to browse a complete collection of yearbooks from 1915 to the present, back issues and historical copies of The Collegian, books published by previous presidents and professors, and other interesting artifacts. Visit our collections page for more resources you can use for research opportunities.
Among the interesting items on display in the Archives Reading Room is a two-volume set of Johnson’s Dictionary.
The Samuel Johnson Dictionary
When first published in 1755, A Dictionary of the English Language was the first comprehensive listing of English words with their definitions and quotations illustrating their use. Samuel Johnson originally planned to finish the work in three years, but the project was involved and took nine years instead.
Sample entry: Eavesdropper. n.s. [eaves and drop.] A listener under windows; an insidious listener
Retired Asbury professor Dr. McKinley chose “Horse” as his favorite Johnson definition.
Horse. n.s. [Saxon] A neighing quadruped, used in war, and draught and carriage.