Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Our profile picture is of a poster promoting an exhibition of Berlin designers at the TV Tower in Berlin (June 2 ‐ July 1, 1986).

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Today’s #FridayFinds is Blizzards and Snowstorms of Washington, D.C. (QC926.44.W37 A43 1993) by Kevin Ambrose. Get ready...
02/12/2021

Today’s #FridayFinds is Blizzards and Snowstorms of Washington, D.C. (QC926.44.W37 A43 1993) by Kevin Ambrose. Get ready for #winter by looking through this collection of D.C.’s most historic winter storms. Many of these blizzards sadly turned deadly, serving as a reminder of how light snow can quickly become dangerous. However, also to enjoy are scenic photos of D.C.’s snowier days.

#snowstorms #blizzards #weather #washingtondc #dc #dcweather

Our Black-focused collections highlight for #BlackHistoryMonth continues! This time we're showcasing the #RogerWilkins p...
02/11/2021

Our Black-focused collections highlight for #BlackHistoryMonth
continues! This time we're showcasing the #RogerWilkins papers, created by the Pulitzer Prize-winning professor, lawyer, and journalist himself. Image text below.

#archives #specialcollections #archivesforblacklives George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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This important collection was created by Robinson Professor Roger Wilkins over the course of his long and storied career. Wilkins was a respected civil rights activist, lawyer, and journalist who left a lasting impact, not just on George Mason University, but the U.S. as a whole.

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Born in 1932 in Kansas City, MO, Roger Wilkins attended the
University of Michigan and earned his Bachelor's degree in 1953 and his J.D. in 1956. He interned with Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund during his studies. In his early career, Roger Wilkins worked with the Ohio Welfare Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and as the assistant attorney general under President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Following this, Wilkins pursued a successful career in journalism writing for The New York Times, The Washington Times, and editing The Washington Star. In 1972, as a member of The Washington Post's editorial staff, Wilkins, along with others, earned the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Watergate Scandal that led to President Nixon's resignation.

In 1986 Wilkins joined the faculty of George Mason University as a Clarence Robinson Professor of History and American Culture. Wilkins retired in 2008. He passed away in 2017. That same year George Mason University named Roger Wilkins Plaza after him.

Collection Info at a Glance

Collection number: C0212
Available to researchers physically. Selections available digitally upon request
Finding aid URL: https://scrc.gmu.edu/finding_aids/wilkins.html
If you have questions about this collection, you can find our contact info and much more at https://linktr.ee/gmuspeccoll

Today we highlight Popular Ghanaian Dishes (TX725 .G47 E8) by Sylvia Eshun. A unique book here at SCRC, it highlights de...
02/09/2021

Today we highlight Popular Ghanaian Dishes (TX725 .G47 E8) by Sylvia Eshun. A unique book here at SCRC, it highlights delicious #meals that are characteristic to the various regions of #Ghana. From boiled Bambara beans to pawpaw pie, learn new #recipes or be reminded of home with these special dishes.

#ghana #cooking #africancuisine #cookbooks

Hello! It’s me again—Kelsey Kim: cereal lover, ghost story enthusiast, C-SPAN Project Archivist (today, I’ll be primaril...
02/08/2021
The C-SPAN Chronicles: Season 2, Part VI

Hello! It’s me again—Kelsey Kim: cereal lover, ghost story enthusiast, C-SPAN Project Archivist (today, I’ll be primarily focusing on that last one). We are still hard at work making the C-SPAN collection available to you, plugging away at the tasks of refining and redacting to present it as best we can! In previous posts, you've followed along with the process, and hopefully you have a better appreciation for the work that goes into digitizing a large collection like this one. ...

https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9467

Hello! It’s me again—Kelsey Kim: cereal lover, ghost story enthusiast, C-SPAN Project Archivist (today, I’ll be primarily focusing on that last one). We are still hard at work making the C-SPAN co…

Today’s #FridayFinds is Hello Catty! (N7433.4.C49 H45 2010) by Karen Chew. This fun and interactive #artistsbook tells a...
02/05/2021

Today’s #FridayFinds is Hello Catty! (N7433.4.C49 H45 2010) by Karen Chew. This fun and interactive #artistsbook tells a tale of catty behaviors through images of #feline friends. Making this book unique is its moveable elements that create a light-hearted feel.

#cats #interactivebook #handmadebook

During #BlackHistoryMonth, SCRC will be highlighting collections focused on Black lives and Black collections creators. ...
02/04/2021

During #BlackHistoryMonth, SCRC will be highlighting collections focused on Black lives and Black collections creators. Though this is just a snippet of what SCRC holds in relation to the Black and African American experience, we feel these collections deserve the spotlight! Be sure to come back each week in February to see a new Black-focused collection highlighted. This week we focus on the Lenora Little scrapbook. Image text can be found below.

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Highlight Black-focused collections

Lenora Little Scrapbook

This incredible scrapbook contains correspondence from Lenora Little, a Black woman living and working as a typist in 1940s Washington, D.C., to her boyfriend, and later husband, Bill, who was drafted into the U.S. Army.

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All letters within the scrapbook are from Little. Due to censorship requiring all information about Army activity to be kept out of correspondence from servicemen, information about Bill, his rank, and his life in the Army are not discussed. Lenora mostly discusses their relationship and her life during World War II.

The scrapbook flows chronologically in two parts: the first part contains letters from January - December 1944, and the second contains letters from September - December 1943.

Collection Number: C0326

Available to researchers physically and digitally

Finding aid URL: https://scrc.gmu.edu/finding_aids/lenoralittle.html

If you have questions about this collection, you can find our contact info and much more at https://lintr.ee/gmuspeccoll

#archives #specialcollections #archivesforblacklives #scrapbook

George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Today we highlight A Book of the Winter (PN6071.W6 B66 1951) by Edith Sitwell. This book contains a lovely collection of...
02/02/2021

Today we highlight A Book of the Winter (PN6071.W6 B66 1951) by Edith Sitwell. This book contains a lovely collection of #shortstories and #poems that rejoices in the pleasures of #winter.

Today’s #FridayFinds is The White House Cook Book (TX715 .G482 1891) by F. L. Gillette. Not only does this delicate book...
01/29/2021

Today’s #FridayFinds is The White House Cook Book (TX715 .G482 1891) by F. L. Gillette. Not only does this delicate book contain classic #recipes from the 19th century, but also #menus detailing meals to be served in the #WhiteHouse depending on the month and day of the week.

#19thcentury #cookbook #food #classicrecipes #president #americanfood

Today we highlight the December 1952 edition of Vogue (TT500 .V7). This #vintage edition of the classic magazine transpo...
01/26/2021

Today we highlight the December 1952 edition of Vogue (TT500 .V7). This #vintage edition of the classic magazine transports the reader to the #beauty and #fashion of the 1950s winter season. Each page provides vibrant and exciting imagery of the luxury lifestyles we are used to seeing in Hollywood films, in addition to preparing for the quintessential #holidayseason.

#vogue #vintagevogue #vintagefashion #1950s

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01/12/2021

Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA's cover photo

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01/12/2021

Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Today we highlight Garden (N7433.4.L36 G37 1996) by Elaine Langerman. This six-panel #artistsbooks spells the G-A-R-D-E-...
01/06/2021

Today we highlight Garden (N7433.4.L36 G37 1996) by Elaine Langerman. This six-panel #artistsbooks spells the G-A-R-D-E-N through beautifully painted images of #nature, #water, and the #moon.

Today we highlight Striking Styles: Autumn and Winter (HF6161.C44 S87 1911) by Jos A. Wilner & Co. This small booklet hi...
12/22/2020

Today we highlight Striking Styles: Autumn and Winter (HF6161.C44 S87 1911) by Jos A. Wilner & Co. This small booklet highlights #professional and #stylish clothing choices for the #gentlemen of the early 20th century, accompanied by detailed images.

#20thcentury #fashion #style #vintage

SCRC will be closed from December 21, 2020 - January 4, 2021. We will be able to assist you virtually from January 4 - J...
12/16/2020

SCRC will be closed from December 21, 2020 - January 4, 2021. We will be able to assist you virtually from January 4 - January 25, and we are able to accept in-person researcher appointments (GMU affiliated only) beginning January 25, 2021.

We wish you a happy and safe winter break!

Image: Campus covered in snow, February 24, 1979. Broadside photograph collection, Box 18, Page 13, Frame 37, R0135, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

This week’s #FridayFinds is Viaje (N7433.4.B824 V53 2016) by Anna Bugbee. Translating from Spanish it means “travel”. Vi...
11/20/2020

This week’s #FridayFinds is Viaje (N7433.4.B824 V53 2016) by Anna Bugbee. Translating from Spanish it means “travel”. Viaje is a unique artist’s book showcasing city landscapes, scenic views, and plant life. Satisfy your urges to travel from the comfort of your home with these photographs and drawing.
#viaje #travel #artistsbooks #photographs #drawings

Today’s #FridayFinds is The WPA Guide to 1930s New Mexico (F704.3 .N49 1989). Detailed in this book is breathtaking scen...
11/13/2020

Today’s #FridayFinds is The WPA Guide to 1930s New Mexico (F704.3 .N49 1989). Detailed in this book is breathtaking scenery and Navajo people in juxtaposition to drought and poverty scorning New Mexico at the time. Similarly, SCRC is currently digitizing our WPA oral histories and transcripts thanks to a #CLIRgrant.
#WPA #newmexico #navajo #1930s

Today’s #FridayFind is Modern Living: Fashion in Homes (NA7115 .N38 1958) by National Plan Service, Inc. Take a blast to...
11/06/2020

Today’s #FridayFind is Modern Living: Fashion in Homes (NA7115 .N38 1958) by National Plan Service, Inc. Take a blast to the past with this stylish catalog illustrating the perfect midcentury modern homes and tips for quintessential 1950s living.
#midcenturymodern #homes #interiordesign #1950s

Today we highlight Dare to Vote! (N7433.4.O69 D37 2012) by Monica Oppen. This artist’s book is a reminder of the power t...
10/30/2020

Today we highlight Dare to Vote! (N7433.4.O69 D37 2012) by Monica Oppen. This artist’s book is a reminder of the power that voting holds. Let your voice be heard this election and #VOTE.
#election2020 #democracy #artistsbooks

This week’s #FridayFinds is Eight-Word Autumn Scene (N7433.4.S42 E54 2010) by Sharon Sharp. In this dainty artist’s book...
10/23/2020

This week’s #FridayFinds is Eight-Word Autumn Scene (N7433.4.S42 E54 2010) by Sharon Sharp. In this dainty artist’s book, readers can catch a glimpse of autumn through a fun word-puzzle – all made by hand.
#autumn #artistsbooks #art #puzzles

This week’s #FridayFinds is Transforming Hate: An Artist’s Book (N7433.4 .S62 T73 2016) by Clarissa Sligh. Taking pages ...
10/16/2020

This week’s #FridayFinds is Transforming Hate: An Artist’s Book (N7433.4 .S62 T73 2016) by Clarissa Sligh. Taking pages from The White Man’s Bible, a white supremacist book, the author beautifully transformed hateful pages to beautiful works of art. She reminds the reader of the power of peace, love, and forgiveness in a hateful world.
#transforminghate #artistsbooks #origami #peace

This blog post was written by Amy Sullivan, Head of Preservation Services for Mason Libraries. Do you ever wonder how to...
10/14/2020
Stinky, Smelly, and Funky: De-odorizing Special Collections

This blog post was written by Amy Sullivan, Head of Preservation Services for Mason Libraries. Do you ever wonder how to treat stinky smelly collections? I’ve gotten a surprising number of questions via email and Instagram about that since the pandemic started. Maybe people are trapped at home with odoriferous things or maybe the regular old book smell in the office is more noticeable once you’ve been gone for a while. [ 306 more words ]

https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9374

This blog post was written by Amy Sullivan, Head of Preservation Services for Mason Libraries. Do you ever wonder how to treat stinky smelly collections? I’ve gotten a surprising number of question…

NEH Grant for the Buchanan Papers update #economics #archives #processing @georgemasonCHSShttps://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=93...
10/08/2020
NEH Grant for the Buchanan Papers update

NEH Grant for the Buchanan Papers update #economics #archives #processing @georgemasonCHSS

https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9358

This past spring, the George Mason University Libraries received a grant in the amount of $334,720 from the National Endowment of the Humanities’ Humanities Collection and Reference Resources progr…

10/07/2020
Shenandoah County Library

The Shenandoah Valley Archives Fair is happening right now! A great opportunity to ask archivists/archival repositories your questions! Tune in at the link:

https://fb.watch/ZB7jdx-_j/

A virtual Shenandoah Valley Archives Fair featuring regional Archivists discussing the "State of the Archives" in the time of COVID-19. This panel discussion includes information on site's hours, collections, and much more. A question and answer period will follow.

Today is #AskAnArchivist Day! Do you have any questions about archives - how they work or what we do specifically in SCR...
10/07/2020

Today is #AskAnArchivist Day! Do you have any questions about archives - how they work or what we do specifically in SCRC? Comment below - our #archivists are standing by!

It's that time again - Happy Archives Month! #ArchivesMonthVA #AmericanArchivesMonth #ArchivesMonthhttps://vault217.gmu....
10/05/2020
Archives Month 2020

It's that time again - Happy Archives Month! #ArchivesMonthVA #AmericanArchivesMonth #ArchivesMonth

https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9351

It’s that time of year again! It’s October, which means it is not only autumn, but also American Archives Month! From the Virginia Archives Month website: “Though Virginia Archive…

This post was written by Rachel Lavender, Metadata Specialist. Rachel has a Bachelors of Public History from the Univers...
09/21/2020
A Journey of Reparation Work

This post was written by Rachel Lavender, Metadata Specialist. Rachel has a Bachelors of Public History from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Applied History from George Mason University. In the early 20th century, Sir Hilary Jenkinson published his Manual of Archive Administration which greatly influenced modern archival theory. [ 479 more words ]
https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9346

This post was written by Rachel Lavender, Metadata Specialist. Rachel has a Bachelors of Public History from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, a Masters of Library and Information Studies f…

In my last post on SCRC’s transition to ArchivesSpace, our new Collections Management System, I talked about the steps w...
09/03/2020
Moving into the Modern Archival Age: Archives Space Implementation – Part 2

In my last post on SCRC’s transition to ArchivesSpace, our new Collections Management System, I talked about the steps we took to prepare our collections data to migrate to the new database. Now, it’s time to get into the migration and the details of how ArchivesSpace will ultimately benefit our researchers. Once we were ready to actually migrate our data, the process was very straightforward. [ 615 more words ]
https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9324

In my last post on SCRC’s transition to ArchivesSpace, our new Collections Management System, I talked about the steps we took to prepare our collections data to migrate to the new database. Now, i…

SCRC Fall Policies and Procedures starting August 24, 2020.https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9319
08/20/2020
SCRC Fall Policies and Procedures

SCRC Fall Policies and Procedures starting August 24, 2020.
https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9319

The Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center will be reopening on Monday, August 24 on an appointment-only basis for the Fall 2020 semester. Researchers requesting an appointment will need to…

In January 2020 (which feels like 8 years ago even though it was only 8 months), SCRC made a big change behind the scene...
08/13/2020
Moving into the Modern Archival Age: ArchivesSpace Implementation – Part 1

In January 2020 (which feels like 8 years ago even though it was only 8 months), SCRC made a big change behind the scenes to the way that we store information about our unpublished collections. Many archival institutions use Collections Management Systems, archives-specific databases that archivists use to keep track of the material that comes in to our repositories and create the archival description that will be available to researchers as finding aids. [ 568 more words ]
https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9196

In January 2020 (which feels like 8 years ago even though it was only 8 months), SCRC made a big change behind the scenes to the way that we store information about our unpublished collections. Man…

Hello one and all! It's that time again - finding aid time! The following are new and updated finding aids that you can ...
07/27/2020
New and Updated Finding Aids

Hello one and all! It's that time again - finding aid time! The following are new and updated finding aids that you can access on our website. Though our reading room is currently closed, you can still access some of these items digitally! Daniel Monson World War II aviation collection This collection was processed by SCRC Archival Intern Jared Nistler. Images digitized by Amanda Brent. [ 1,082 more word ]
https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=8845

Hello one and all! It’s that time again – finding aid time! The following are new and updated finding aids that you can access on our website. Though our reading room is currently close…

This blog post was written by Chris Babbitt, Processing Student Assistant and C-SPAN Digitization Project Assistant. Chr...
07/06/2020
Chugging Along: My Year Working in SCRC

This blog post was written by Chris Babbitt, Processing Student Assistant and C-SPAN Digitization Project Assistant. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Economics from George Mason University. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in History from George Mason University. I started at Special Collections Research Center almost a year ago on the processing team. This felt like a monumental step for me, having only worked in food service and retail before. [ 988 more words ]
https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9300

This blog post was written by Chris Babbitt, Processing Student Assistant and C-SPAN Digitization Project Assistant. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Economics from George …

Cookbooks as a Journey through Time #cookbooks #rarebooks #cookinghttps://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9278
06/29/2020
Cookbooks as a Journey through Time

Cookbooks as a Journey through Time #cookbooks #rarebooks #cooking
https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9278

This post was written by Colleen Gerrity, Reference Assistant. For the past three months, the people of the United States have stayed home due to the ongoing pandemic. Going to your favorite restau…

Kelsey here, coming to you from my kitchen table, a.k.a. my home office.  I have good news and bad news for you—I’ll sta...
06/22/2020
The C-SPAN Chronicles: Season 2, Part IV

Kelsey here, coming to you from my kitchen table, a.k.a. my home office. I have good news and bad news for you—I’ll start with the bad news, because it’s always better to rip off the Band-Aid. Sadly, while we’re out of office, our actual “digitizing” (meaning our document photography) has had to be put on pause. I know, I’m as bummed about this as you are (you… [ 1,029 more word ]
https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=9271

Kelsey here, coming to you from my kitchen table, a.k.a. my home office. I have good news and bad news for you—I’ll start with the bad news, because it’s always better to rip off the Band-Aid. Sa…

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Fairfax, VA
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General information

Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is the unit within the University Libraries charged with acquiring, documenting, preserving, and providing access to primary research collections and documents. SCRC also manages the non-current and archival records of George Mason University, is responsible for the preservation and access to the University's theses and dissertations, and undertakes, through its Oral History program, the creation of audiovisual documentary resources. SCRC services, collections and programs support the teaching and research activities of George Mason University and also serve the community at large. Documents in SCRC are authentic, original, often unique, valuable, fragile, or otherwise exceptional. Some have the capacity to evoke the past, and embody the transmittal of knowledge over time. Others simply function as the only record of an individual or corporate life. SCRC preserves the materiality of information as it has been recorded and distributed in its original format. SCRC also adds value to its holdings through selective digitization and through interpretive exhibits, instruction, and programming.

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Friday 09:30 - 16:30

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