W&M alumnus donates almanac collection to library

Alumnus Joseph Daragan ‘71 and his wife, Pam, recently donated their collection of 18th and 19th century almanacs to William & Mary Libraries. Among the collection’s more than 450 almanacs is a first edition copy of Poor Richard’s Almanack, published by Benjamin Franklin in 1756.

“For any collector, there comes a time when you no longer consult your collection as often as you did while building it. Having reached that time, I determined to find a new home for my collection,” said Joseph Daragan. “I hope that my almanacs will be useful to the William & Mary community for many years to come.”

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