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    in 1973 George Mason University  students were in the final month of their studies at Mason. Unlike today Spring Sem...
05/08/2024

in 1973 George Mason University students were in the final month of their studies at Mason. Unlike today Spring Semester ended in June, so students were still enjoying time on campus before finals on the Quad, and at Robinson Field by the P.E. Building (now RAC). SG election posters covered walkways between the original buildings, too. From the Broadside student newspaper collection, . Mason Libraries George Mason University Alumni Association

  50 years ago (5/1/74) GMU Department of Biology professor, Dr. Jay Shaffer and class meet in George Mason University's...
05/01/2024

50 years ago (5/1/74) GMU Department of Biology professor, Dr. Jay Shaffer and class meet in George Mason University's Lecture Hall for a Biology lecture. From: Broadside photographs,
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Time for another   🔎❓Do you know any of these Patriots from the past?As we digitize the George Mason University photogra...
04/29/2024

Time for another 🔎❓Do you know any of these Patriots from the past?

As we digitize the George Mason University photograph collection (R0120), we need your help identifying these former students of !

Please comment or DM us if you have any clues! 💚💛

Welcome back to   🎭! All this talk about   has us thinking about this recently processed scrapbook, created circa 1915-1...
04/25/2024

Welcome back to 🎭! All this talk about has us thinking about this recently processed scrapbook, created circa 1915-1922, featuring images of other silent movie stars.

The silent era of film dates from roughly the introduction of the film medium in the late 1800s through the late 1920s and refers to those movies made without synchronized sound. By 1912 advancements in film technology and editing led to the creation of the feature-length film. These newly expanded stories, combined with organized and higher budget studio productions, also led to the rise of the first movie stars such as Clara Bow, nicknamed “The It Girl” and one of the stars of the first Academy Award Best Picture winner (“Wings”), and the women featured in these images, including Norma Talmadge, Betty Compson, Ethel Clayton, & Academy Award winner Alice Brady.

📸 Selections from Silent movie star scrapbook, C0419

   #1997This Friday, April 26 will mark the 59th Mason Day, George Mason University's longest running tradition, brought...
04/24/2024

#1997
This Friday, April 26 will mark the 59th Mason Day, George Mason University's longest running tradition, brought to you by Mason Student Involvement. Here are some photos of 1997's held on the Quad between Fenwick Library, SUB I, Krug Hall and (at that time) Robinson Hall. Among the performers that day were Ghoti Hook and headliner, Violent Femmes. From Broadside photograph collection, . Learn more about 2024 Mason Day at https://si.gmu.edu/mason-day/

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“Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue” (“Hamlet”, Act III scene ii, 1-2). I...
04/23/2024

“Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue” (“Hamlet”, Act III scene ii, 1-2).

It’s April 23, so we’re celebrating William Shakespeare’s 460th “birthday” with this 3 volume collection of his plays, featuring woodcut illustrations by H.C. Selous, published circa 1860s 🎭 Fun fact: This edition doesn’t include “Titus Andronicus” because of editors Charles & Mary Cowden Clarke’s “strong conviction that it is not [Shakespeare’s] writing” and “on account of its grossness” (Volume III, preface) 🤷‍♀️

📸 “The Plays of Shakespeare” Volume III: The Tragedies (PR2753 .C53)

A new finding aid for a collection full of photographic slides taken by a former GMU president? We simply had to dedicat...
04/19/2024

A new finding aid for a collection full of photographic slides taken by a former GMU president? We simply had to dedicate a full post on our blog to highlight this recently processed collection now available for use in the Special Collections Research Center! Follow the link to learn more: https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=10891

  A student-led rally in support of popular, yet controversial George Mason University faculty member, Fred Millar takes...
04/17/2024

A student-led rally in support of popular, yet controversial George Mason University faculty member, Fred Millar takes place on the quad between Finley, Krug, East and West Buildings during the spring of 1978. Before the wave of construction that began in the mid-1970s, this spot was a popular gathering place for Mason students and the site of events such as . From the George Mason University photograph collection ( ).
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Welcome back to   🎭! We are always impressed with the detail that goes into both scenic and costume designs, so today we...
04/11/2024

Welcome back to 🎭! We are always impressed with the detail that goes into both scenic and costume designs, so today we’re highlighting these lithographs for Jules Massenet’s “La Navarraise” printed circa 1894 in Paris by Heugel & Cie, Editeurs.

Translated from the French as “The Girl from Navarre,” “La Navarraise” is a verismo opera, a style that was popularized in the 1890s which focused on telling stories with greater realism. Based on the short story “La cigarette” by Jules Clartie, “La Navarraise’’ tells the story of a Navarre woman named Anita who is in love with a soldier named Arquil. Both encounter many thwarts to their passionate love, with drama and death ensuing.

📸 Black and white lithograph featuring a street scene from the opera by E. Buval after R. Caney, C0471.
📸 Full color costume lithograph featuring the characters Anita, Arquil, and Remigio, C0471.

  50 years ago, this George Mason University student camps out in the hallway of Thompson Hall and reads Broadside, the ...
04/10/2024

50 years ago, this George Mason University student camps out in the hallway of Thompson Hall and reads Broadside, the student newspaper, in between classes. From the Broadside photograph collection, . Mason Libraries George Mason University Alumni Association

Happy  ! 🌑🌒🌓 Back on February 26, 1979, George Mason University students were gearing up to watch the  , just like today...
04/08/2024

Happy ! 🌑🌒🌓 Back on February 26, 1979, George Mason University students were gearing up to watch the , just like today! If you're watching the eclipse in 2024, make sure to do it safely, Patriots!

Photo from the Broadside photograph collection, R0135.

Time for another   🔎❓Do you know any of these Patriots from the past?As we digitize the George Mason University photogra...
04/01/2024

Time for another 🔎❓Do you know any of these Patriots from the past?

As we digitize the George Mason University photograph collection (R0120), we need your help identifying these former students of George Mason University !

Please comment or DM us if you have any clues! 💚💛

Welcome back to   🎭! We’re continuing our celebration of   by sharing some of our collections featuring women performers...
03/28/2024

Welcome back to 🎭! We’re continuing our celebration of by sharing some of our collections featuring women performers and theatrical patrons. Today we’re highlighting the incomparable Gwen Verdon and, appropriately for Baseball’s official Opening Day, her breakout role as Lola in “Damn Yankees”. The show would not only make Verdon a star, but also mark the beginning of her decades long personal and professional partnership with choreographer Bob Fosse.

A modern retelling of the “Faust” tale set in 1950s Washington, D.C., in which Verdon plays a seductive assistant to the devilish Mr. Applegate, opened on Broadway on May 5, 1955 and ran for 1,019 performances. The show won 7 of its 9 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical and Best Actress for Verdon, her second in total and the first of her 3 wins in the Leading Actress category. Verdon would go on to reprise her role as Lola in the 1958 film version, immortalizing her performances of “Whatever Lola Wants” and her duet with Fosse in “Who’s Got the Pain”.

📸 “Damn Yankees” 1955 Broadway program, from the Broadway souvenir theatre programs collection, C0182.

    An on-air personality works an airshift on George Mason University's mighty WGMU in 1980. As you can see, turntables...
03/27/2024


An on-air personality works an airshift on George Mason University's mighty WGMU in 1980. As you can see, turntables and open-reel tape players provided the high-fidelity sound that eminated from the station, which, at that time, was located in Thompson Hall. From the Broadside photograph collection, . George Mason University Alumni Association Mason Libraries

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and George Mason University (GMU) Libraries recently hosted an event cele...
03/22/2024

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and George Mason University (GMU) Libraries recently hosted an event celebrating the official opening of the Lavinia Scott papers, C0506. In our latest blog post we provide a preview of the collection and recap this month’s collection opening event. Follow the link to learn more: https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=10859

Welcome back to   🎭! We’re continuing our celebration of   by sharing some of our collections featuring women performers...
03/21/2024

Welcome back to 🎭! We’re continuing our celebration of by sharing some of our collections featuring women performers and theatrical patrons. This week we are highlighting the American dancer , one of the most striking and talented ballet dancers of the 20th century, and was considered the most famous prima ballerina in midcentury America. Tallchief was of Osage and Scots-Irish descent, marking her the first Native American ballet dancer to reach such renown. However, it was Tallchief herself who said “Above all, I wanted to be appreciated as a prima ballerina who happened to be a Native American, never as someone who was an American Indian ballerina.” Tallchief found a creative home for three decades with the , and collaborated to much success with its founder and choreographer George Balanchine. The lead role in Balanchine’s version of the ballet 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘣𝘪𝘳𝘥 was created for Tallchief, who was known for her perfect technique, as well as her intense passion and athleticism when dancing. Tallchief would go on to found the Chicago City Ballet in 1981, and continued performing and teaching ballet until her death in 2013.

Images from the Charles Rodrigues playbill collection, C0184.

   1985 George Mason Women's Soccer team members Sis Koskinen, Pam Baughman, and Meg Romaine raise the NCAA Division 1 C...
03/20/2024


1985 George Mason Women's Soccer team members Sis Koskinen, Pam Baughman, and Meg Romaine raise the NCAA Division 1 Championship trophy on November 24, 1985 after defeating North Carolina 2-0. This image is from the Spring 1986 issue of George Mason Magazine and part of George Mason University Publications, .
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“Remember March; the ides of March remember” (IV.ii.19). We’re following Brutus’ reminder and marking the   with this ti...
03/15/2024

“Remember March; the ides of March remember” (IV.ii.19).

We’re following Brutus’ reminder and marking the with this tiny Knickerbocker Leather & Novelty Co. copy of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” (PR2808 .A2 1900), and definitely listening to any warnings from Soothsayers. (Paperclip and binder clip provided for size 😉)

Welcome back to   🎭! We’re continuing our celebration of   by sharing some of our collections featuring women performers...
03/14/2024

Welcome back to 🎭! We’re continuing our celebration of by sharing some of our collections featuring women performers and theatrical patrons. This week we’re also wishing a belated Happy Birthday to the one and only Liza Minnelli. That’s Liza with a “Z” not Lisa with an “S” 😉 so appropriately we’re featuring this signed souvenir program from the 1973 tour of her “Liza with a Z” concert.

Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, the concert was originally filmed for television on May 31, 1972 at the Lyceum Theatre in New York and features Minnelli singing and dancing to popular standards, a medley from “Cabaret”, and original songs written for her by John Kander and Fred Ebb, including the title song.

From the Charles Rodrigues playbill collection, C0184.

    George Mason University Broadside photgrapher Sam O'Neal and reporter Joyce Renwick attended Nikki Giovanni's appear...
03/13/2024


George Mason University Broadside photgrapher Sam O'Neal and reporter Joyce Renwick attended Nikki Giovanni's appearance at the Smithsonian on September 11, 1974 and filed this story. Giovanni is an important poet who has written on race and gender among other important topics. From Broadside student newspaper and photograph collections and
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03/11/2024
Welcome back to   🎭! It’s  , so throughout March we’ll be sharing some of our collections featuring women performers and...
03/07/2024

Welcome back to 🎭! It’s , so throughout March we’ll be sharing some of our collections featuring women performers and theatrical patrons. This week we’re highlighting a program from the Lavinia Scott papers, C0506. While not a professional performer, Lavinia Scott was an avid patron of performing arts shows across the globe, as well as serving as a director for student performances during her time working as an educator in South Africa from the 1930s-1970s. This Radio City Music Hall program from March 1947 for the venue’s annual Spring or Easter spectacular, starring Ronald Colman and Peggy Cummins, is just one example of the wide array of performances she attended.

SCRC and GMU Libraries are excited to be celebrating the opening of the Lavinia Scott papers next Wednesday. Join us on March 13th at the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room/2001 from 4PM-6PM to learn more about Lavinia Scott and her collection. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

     Dr. Eugenie Mielczarek (1931-2017) was the first-ever faculty member of George Mason University's Department of Phy...
03/06/2024

Dr. Eugenie Mielczarek (1931-2017) was the first-ever faculty member of George Mason University's Department of Physics in the College of Science at George Mason University. Dr. Mielczarek served 40 years (1967-2017), educating thousands of Mason students and promoting equal opportunity for Mason faculty members. From the Eugenie Mielczarek papers, C0059, Box 9, Folder 8. Mason Libraries George Mason University Alumni Association

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at George Mason University (GMU) is excited to celebrate the opening of t...
03/05/2024

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at George Mason University (GMU) is excited to celebrate the opening of the Lavinia Scott papers. Join us on March 13th at the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room/2001 from 4PM-6PM. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

This collection consists of over 30 linear feet of materials created and collected by missionary educator and speaker (Clara) Lavinia Scott through her work with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, the United Church Board for World Ministries, and the United Church of Christ. The collection also covers Lavinia’s nearly 40 years living and teaching in present-day KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, most notably at Inanda Seminary where she served as Principal for over 30 years.

Today marks the first day of the A.T. Gateways Event, previously known as the Appalachian Trail Kick-Off (ATKO). Since 2...
03/01/2024

Today marks the first day of the A.T. Gateways Event, previously known as the Appalachian Trail Kick-Off (ATKO). Since 2002, hikers have gathered at Amicalola Falls State Park in early March to support first-time and veteran thru-hikers embarking on the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail. The event provides an opportunity for hikers to visit vendors to pick up any last-minute gear, attend presentations, and connect with fellow adventurers. The event fosters the long-established tradition of "NoBo" or Northbound hikers beginning their journey from Springer Mountain in Georgia towards Mount Katahdin’s Baxter Peak in Maine. The rich history of the Appalachian Trail and the individuals who traversed its path over the years have been documented within the records of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Spanning from the 1920s to 2020, this comprehensive collection includes materials like the pictured trail markers, trail guides, maps, and even salt tablets (though that's only a small portion of the collection). If you want to access any of these materials, check out the finding aid and email [email protected] for more information!

📸 Materials from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Records, C0336

Welcome back to   🎭! Continuing our celebration of  , this week we’re highlighting Mildred Davenport, a dancer and instr...
02/29/2024

Welcome back to 🎭! Continuing our celebration of , this week we’re highlighting Mildred Davenport, a dancer and instructor of dance. Born in 1900, the main portion of Davenport’s career took place in Massachusetts, specifically the Boston area. Davenport danced in many shows and reviews throughout her career, including shows on Broadway, and eventually ran two studios, the Davenport School of Dance and Silver Box Studio. Her dance career ended when she enrolled in the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps during World War II, one of the first Black women to enlist in the Corps. Her later life was dedicated to civic service to the Black community of Boston. Davenport passed away in 1990.

📸 Program for performance by Davenport’s pupils held at Brattle Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 29, 1936, featuring a photo of Davenport in costume on the cover. From the Mildred Davenport dance ephemera collection, C0189.

📸 Program cover and interior detail from the 1933 Broadway production of “Flying Colors” featuring Davenport in the number “Louisiana Hayride”. From the Charles Rodrigues playbill collection, C0184.

    George Mason University admissions counselor, Andrew "Andy" Evans is an early pioneer of diversity at Mason. At Geor...
02/28/2024

George Mason University admissions counselor, Andrew "Andy" Evans is an early pioneer of diversity at Mason. At George Mason University Admissions from 1974 to 1985, Andy was responsible for the remarkable increase in recruiting, applications, and admissions of minority students during that period, building the foundation for Mason's current standing one of the nation's most diverse universities.
Andy was not only a committed admissions officer, he was a fixture on campus, actively involved in happenings at Mason. Here is a headshot taken by a Broadside photographer in February 1978 and a shot of him addressing a crowd of students in SUB I during Patriots’ Day, October 13, 1978.
From the Broadside Photograph Collection, R0135, Boxes 16 and 17.
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Pamphlets, watercolors, and Student Government records, oh my! You guessed it, we’re back with some more exciting new an...
02/23/2024

Pamphlets, watercolors, and Student Government records, oh my! You guessed it, we’re back with some more exciting new and updated finding aids previewed on our blog that are now available for use in the Special Collections Research Center! Follow the link to learn more: https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=10819

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