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).

New blog post, America's Dairy Land! #wisconsin #travel
05/17/2019
America’s Dairy Land

New blog post, America's Dairy Land! #wisconsin #travel

This post was written by Emily Rusch, Research Services Assistant. George Mason University’s Special Collections Research Center has a collection of books known as the American Guide Series. This s…

The Rat is closing its doors today after 44 years (on and off) in the lower level of SUB I. The place changed over the  ...
05/15/2019

The Rat is closing its doors today after 44 years (on and off) in the lower level of SUB I. The place changed over the
years, but still had the same mission, bringing Mason students together for a beer, some food, and music/entertainment. Read our blog post for more on the history of this Mason institution.

https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=8527

#OTD in 1787 delegates gathered in #Philadelphia to draft the US Constitution. #Rarebookcorner presents The Constitution...
05/14/2019

#OTD in 1787 delegates gathered in #Philadelphia to draft the US Constitution. #Rarebookcorner presents The Constitution of the United States of America: with an alphabetical analysis…by William Hickey, KF4541 .H35 1847. #gmu #scrc

Preservation nightmare begone! Read our latest blog written by our Preservation Officer all about her latest preservatio...
05/13/2019
Adventures in Preservation

Preservation nightmare begone! Read our latest blog written by our Preservation Officer all about her latest preservation success. #archives #preservation #parchment #specialcollections #documentpreservation

https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=8429

This post was written by Amy Sullivan, Preservation Officer for George Mason University Libraries. You can follow Amy’s adventures in preservation on Instagram @gmupreservation. SCRC sent ite…

This week’s #FridayFInds is Who Shot the Water Buffalo? (PS3602.A225 W48 2011) by Ken Babbs. Babbs’s book is the sto...
05/10/2019

This week’s #FridayFInds is Who Shot the Water Buffalo? (PS3602.A225 W48 2011) by Ken Babbs. Babbs’s book is the story of two young film students who are thrust into the chaos of the Vietnam War. Ken Babbs is the last member of the celebrated Stanford literary class known as the “Merry Pranksters” to have a novel published. Who Shot the Water Buffalo is a part of the newly purchased Vietnam War Book Collection which will be over 600 books in its entirety. This is a collection of historical fiction related to the Vietnam War and consists of book from the era and after.

#OTD in 1429 the English siege of Orleans was broken by Joan of Arc and the French Army. #rarebookcorner presents Daught...
05/07/2019

#OTD in 1429 the English siege of Orleans was broken by Joan of Arc and the French Army. #rarebookcorner presents Daughters of Genius, by James Parton, published 1888, CT3202.P32. It includes a profile of Joan of Arc, along with other women considered admirable at the time #women

#OTD 1516 Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria established the German Beer Purity Law, standardizing the sale of #beer. #rarebookc...
04/23/2019

#OTD 1516 Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria established the German Beer Purity Law, standardizing the sale of #beer. #rarebookcorner presents Études sur la bière…avec une théorie nouvelle de la fermentation QR151.P27 by Louis Pasteur in 1876, analyzing the process of fermentation #gmu #scrc

OTD in 1789 George Washington was inaugurated as #President of the US. #rarebookcorner presents The life of George Washi...
04/23/2019

OTD in 1789 George Washington was inaugurated as #President of the US. #rarebookcorner presents The life of George Washington, commander in chief of the American forces…and first president of the United States by Chief Justice John Marshall, E312.M33b, 1804-1807 #gmu #scrc. #georgewashington

Our latest blog is about the wonders of #gelatin! Check it out!#archives #specialcollections #foodhistory #jello #cookbo...
04/23/2019
Jell-O – The Perfect Meal! (No, really!)

Our latest blog is about the wonders of #gelatin! Check it out!

#archives #specialcollections #foodhistory #jello #cookbooks

https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=8312

The Special Collections Research Center recently acquired a unique collection – the Cookbooks and cooking pamphlets collection, which consists of numerous cooking pamphlets and booklets spons…

Special Collections Research Center will be attending #Fairfax History Day this Saturday, April 27, from 10 am - 5 pm! W...
04/22/2019

Special Collections Research Center will be attending #Fairfax History Day this Saturday, April 27, from 10 am - 5 pm! We will be one of a few local archival repositories showing off facsimiles of our Fairfax, VA-related items. Stop by for some historical-themed fun - we look forward to seeing you!

#archives #specialcollections #fairfaxhistoryday #fairfaxva #fairfaxvahistory #genealogy #virginiaarchives

Check out our latest blog all about #MARACSpring19! #archives #specialcollections #archivistshttps://vault217.gmu.edu/?p...
04/18/2019
SCRC at MARAC in Morgantown

Check out our latest blog all about #MARACSpring19!

#archives #specialcollections #archivists

https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=8085

Mason’s Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) was well represented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) in Morgantown, WV last week. Records Management Specialist Nic…

#OTD in 1521 Martin Luther arrived at the Diet of Worms assembly. #rarebookcorner presents Luther’s Das Neue Testament...
04/16/2019

#OTD in 1521 Martin Luther arrived at the Diet of Worms assembly. #rarebookcorner presents Luther’s Das Neue Testament unsers Herrn und Heilandes Jesu Christi BS2139 1782.

Buddhist Arts #buddhism #archives #religion #historyhttps://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=8345
04/10/2019
Buddhist Arts

Buddhist Arts #buddhism #archives #religion #history
https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=8345

This post was written by Emily Rusch, Research Services Assistant. Buddhism is the world’s fourth largest religion with over 250 million followers. Buddhism encompasses a large variety of tradition…

Thanks to everyone who Played #marchivesmadness! Congrats to Steven Gerber, Subject Librarian for Music, Theater and Phi...
04/10/2019

Thanks to everyone who Played #marchivesmadness! Congrats to Steven Gerber, Subject Librarian for Music, Theater and Philosphy, for being our grand prize winner and Kelsey Kim, C-SPAN Project Archivist, for exhibiting the winning item, Professor Arthur M. Whitehall, Jr. with his cat from the Oliver Atkins collection. #masonnation

It is the final round 😁 Do not forget to vote on your favorite items! #MarchivesMadness ends Sunday. Winner for the g...
04/05/2019
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It is the final round 😁 Do not forget to vote on your favorite items! #MarchivesMadness ends Sunday. Winner for the grand prize will be announced on Monday. 🙌. Vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFRTLRN. #georgemasonuniversity #masonnation

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#OTD in 768 Charlemagne was crowned King of the Franks. This week’s #RareBookCorner features Boy’s Book of Famous Ru...
04/02/2019

#OTD in 768 Charlemagne was crowned King of the Franks. This week’s #RareBookCorner features Boy’s Book of Famous Rulers, by Lydia Hoyt Farmer, D107 .F3 1886. Charlemagne is featured alongside Agamemnon, Alexander the Great, Alfred the Great, and Julius Caesar.

Congrats to Michelle Little from Ohio for winning the round 4 prizes! The final round of voting is up for the grand priz...
04/02/2019

Congrats to Michelle Little from Ohio for winning the round 4 prizes! The final round of voting is up for the grand prize winner of #marchivesmadness https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFRTLRN George Mason University George Mason University Alumni Association Fenwick Library Mercer Library - George Mason University

Do not forget to vote on your favorite items! Voting for the fourth round (top 4) of #MarchivesMadness ends Sunday. Winn...
03/29/2019

Do not forget to vote on your favorite items! Voting for the fourth round (top 4) of #MarchivesMadness ends Sunday. Winner for the next prize will be announced on Monday. 🙌. Vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N2G7PL6. #georgemasonuniversity #masonnation

A page from the 1947 Girls Scout Handbook, a member of the Elite 8 of #MarchivesMadness. Dont forget to vote NOW to send...
03/27/2019

A page from the 1947 Girls Scout Handbook, a member of the Elite 8 of #MarchivesMadness. Dont forget to vote NOW to send your favorite items to the Final Four. 🙌. Items can be found on our Flickr page at library.gmu.edu/marchivesmadness. Instructions and voting link in the Flickr album description. George Mason University #georgemasonuniversity #masonnation

#OTD in 1484 William Caxton printed his translation of Aesop’s Fables. #Rarebookcorner presents Caxton and his World, ...
03/26/2019

#OTD in 1484 William Caxton printed his translation of Aesop’s Fables. #Rarebookcorner presents Caxton and his World, by N.F. Blake Z232.C38 B63, published in 1969. Caxton is best remembered today for introducing printing to England, and his many translations.

Congrats to Alyssa Fahringer from GMU Libraries for winning the round 2 prizes! Round 4 voting is up for the top 4. www....
03/26/2019

Congrats to Alyssa Fahringer from GMU Libraries for winning the round 2 prizes! Round 4 voting is up for the top 4. www.surveymonkey.com/r/N2G7PL6 A winner is chosen each round. You must participate each week to qualify for the grand prize. George Mason University George Mason University Alumni Association Fenwick Library Mercer Library - George Mason University

Do not forget to vote on your favorite items! Voting for the third round (top 8) of #MarchivesMadness ends Sunday. Winne...
03/22/2019
Marchives Madness

Do not forget to vote on your favorite items! Voting for the third round (top 8) of #MarchivesMadness ends Sunday. Winner for the next prize will be announced on Monday so stay tuned. 🙌. Items can be found on our Flickr page library.gmu.edu/marchivesmadness. Instructions and voting link in the Flickr album description. George Mason University #georgemasonuniversity #masonnation

Round 3 voting is up! www.surveymonkey.com/r/DKMCX2P. Staff picks from our current exhibit featuring some of our favorite items in Special Collections Research Center. Please help us choose your favorite items by voting each week in our Final Four style contest. Prizes will be given each week to a r...

Congrats to Kaitlyn Kinney from GMU Libraries for winning the round 2 prizes! Round 3 voting is up for the top 8. https:...
03/19/2019

Congrats to Kaitlyn Kinney from GMU Libraries for winning the round 2 prizes! Round 3 voting is up for the top 8. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DKMCX2P A random winner is chosen every round but you must participate each week to qualify for the grand prize. Also, stop by our watch party this Thursday (March 21st) at noon to watch Minnesota vs. Louisville and check out our exhibit. Snackage will be provided 😁 #marchivesmadness George Mason University George Mason University Alumni Association George Mason University Student Involvement

#OTD in 1628 England granted land to the Massachusetts Bay colony. #Rarebookcorner presents History of Massachusetts (F6...
03/19/2019

#OTD in 1628 England granted land to the Massachusetts Bay colony. #Rarebookcorner presents History of Massachusetts (F64.B7), published in 1835 by Alden Bradford, examining the history of Massachusetts from 1620-1820. #gmu #scrc

C-SPAN is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this week! Since SCRC holds the C-SPAN records, we thought we'd share some o...
03/19/2019

C-SPAN is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this week! Since SCRC holds the C-SPAN records, we thought we'd share some of our favorite items from the collection! Happy Anniversary, C-SPAN! #archives #specialcollections #gmu #cspan

Check out our latest blog on the Christine Drennon European lantern slide Collection! #digitization #digitalcollections ...
03/18/2019
Magic: The Christine Drennon European Lantern Slide Collection

Check out our latest blog on the Christine Drennon European lantern slide Collection!

#digitization #digitalcollections #archives #specialcollections #lanternslides #photography #earlyphotography

https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=8253

Special Collections Research Center holds a variety of early photography collections, one of the most interesting being the Christine Drennon European lantern slide collection. This collection cons…

Do not forget to vote on your favorite items! Voting for the second round (top 16) of #MarchivesMadness ends Sunday. Win...
03/15/2019
Marchives Madness

Do not forget to vote on your favorite items! Voting for the second round (top 16) of #MarchivesMadness ends Sunday. Winner for the next prize will be announced on Monday so stay tuned. You will need to participate in this round and the following rounds to qualify to win the grand prize 🙌. Items can be found on our Flickr page library.gmu.edu/marchivesmadness. Instructions and voting link in the Flickr album description. George Mason University George Mason University Alumni Association George Mason Athletics George Mason University Student Involvement

To vote, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/88R66LP. Staff picks from our current exhibit featuring some of our favorite items in Special Collections Research Center. Please help us choose your favorite items by voting each week in our Final Four style contest. Prizes will be given each week to a random p...

Good Luck George Mason Men's Basketball After the game, play Marchives Madness at library.gmu.edu/marchivesmadness and c...
03/14/2019

Good Luck George Mason Men's Basketball After the game, play Marchives Madness at library.gmu.edu/marchivesmadness and choose your favorites from sixty-four items in an NCAA Tournament-style shootout and win a Mason Gear prize pack. George Mason University George Mason University Student Involvement George Mason University Alumni Association #marchivesmadness

WhereIsThisWednesday!!!! This is Pennsylvania Ave. in @washingtondc seen from the Old Post Office in 1908. This image is...
03/13/2019

WhereIsThisWednesday!!!! This is Pennsylvania Ave. in @washingtondc seen from the Old Post Office in 1908. This image is part of the Randolph and Ellen Lytton Collection in SCRC. It is part of GMU Libraries' #marchivesmadness contest. Vote for your faves @ library.gmu.edu/marchivesmadness for a chance to win a prize pack! ANYONE CAN PLAY!!!!!!

#OTD in 1912 Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts. #Rarebookcorner presents The Girl Scout Handbook HS3353.G5 A25...
03/12/2019

#OTD in 1912 Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts. #Rarebookcorner presents The Girl Scout Handbook HS3353.G5 A25 published in 1933. According to the handbook, girl scouts “explore new fields of knowledge” and discover “the happiness and joy of giving service.”

CONGRATS to #marchivesmadness 1st ROUND WINNER, MEGAN BRETT. She was picked for this week's PRIZE PACK! One winner will ...
03/12/2019

CONGRATS to #marchivesmadness 1st ROUND WINNER, MEGAN BRETT. She was picked for this week's PRIZE PACK! One winner will be drawn randomly each week. MARCHIVES MADNESS is open to EVERYONE! Play everyweek starting today to qualify to win the GRAND PRIZE!!! Go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmuarchives/sets/72157706724042834 to play.

Thank you to everyone who participated in round one of voting! The second round of voting for #MarchivesMadness is now u...
03/11/2019

Thank you to everyone who participated in round one of voting! The second round of voting for #MarchivesMadness is now up. Random winners will be announced every Monday. Participate every week to be eligible for the grand prize. Items can be found on our Flickr page library.gmu.edu/marchivesmadness. Instructions and voting link in the Flickr album description. George Mason University George Mason University Student Involvement George Mason University Alumni Association

Do not forget to vote on your favorite items! Voting for the first round of #MarchivesMadness ends Sunday. Winner will b...
03/08/2019

Do not forget to vote on your favorite items! Voting for the first round of #MarchivesMadness ends Sunday. Winner will be announced on Monday so stay tuned. Items can be found on our Flickr page library.gmu.edu/marchivesmadness. Instructions and voting link in the Flickr album description. George Mason University Student Involvement George Mason University George Mason University Alumni Association

Our new Exhibition "SCRC Staff Picks" is online. An this one has March Madness flavor. We start with 64 items and you pi...
03/06/2019

Our new Exhibition "SCRC Staff Picks" is online. An this one has March Madness flavor. We start with 64 items and you pick your favorites each week until we get the most popular item. Take a look at the exhibit items at: library.gmu.edu/marchivesmadness and vote for your favorites. ANYONE CAN PLAY, and a cool prize pack will be given each week at random a lucky person who completes the poll! George Mason University George Mason University Alumni Association George Mason University Student Involvement

#OTD in 1623 the first American temperance #law was enacted in Virginia. #Rarebookcorner presents Six sermons on the nat...
03/05/2019

#OTD in 1623 the first American temperance #law was enacted in Virginia. #Rarebookcorner presents Six sermons on the nature, occasions, signs, evils and remedy of intemperance by Lyman Beecher HV5295.B4 1829, preaching against the sin of #intemperance over 200 years later

This week’s #FridayFinds is the Anti Soviet Trotskyite Centre(KLA42.T76 P53113 1937). Published in Moscow by the Commu...
03/01/2019

This week’s #FridayFinds is the Anti Soviet Trotskyite Centre(KLA42.T76 P53113 1937). Published in Moscow by the Communist Party, this book provides the official account of one of the infamous trials, also known as the Trial of Thirteen, that was a part of the Moscow Trials. The Trial of Thirteen was mainly to charge the thirteen defendants with attempting to create a terrorist group that would assassinate then Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Now recognized as merely show trials, the Moscow Trials were organized by Joseph Stalin and other Communist Party leadership to rid the Soviet Union of former Old Bolshevik leaders and those they believed to be sympathizers of the Western-Capitalist world. Those found guilty were executed, and these trials are seen as a beginning to Stalin’s Great Purge.

Coming Next Week!!!!!!!Each member of the SCRC staff was asked to choose eight of their most favorite items in SCRC to d...
03/01/2019

Coming Next Week!!!!!!!

Each member of the SCRC staff was asked to choose eight of their most favorite items in SCRC to display. These sixty-four items are just a small sample of the many scholarly, impactful, beautiful, thought-provoking, diverse, and yes, even quirky materials that live here in the center.

Follow us for upcoming information on how you can choose your favorite items in an NCAA Tournament-style shootout. AND WIN PRIZES TOO!!!!!

SCRC's NEW EXHIBIT WILL FEATURE STAFF PICKS!!!Each member of the SCRC staff was asked to choose eight of their most favo...
02/28/2019

SCRC's NEW EXHIBIT WILL FEATURE STAFF PICKS!!!

Each member of the SCRC staff was asked to choose eight of their most favorite items in SCRC to display. These sixty-four items are just a small sample of the many scholarly, impactful, beautiful, thought-provoking, diverse, and yes, even quirky materials that live here in the center.

Follow us for upcoming information on how you can choose your favorite items in an NCAA Tournament-style shootout. AND WIN PRIZES TOO!!!!!

Welcome back to the C-SPAN Chronicles!  I am your host, Kelsey Kim, the newest addition to SCRC, and the new C-SPAN Proj...
02/22/2019
The C-SPAN Chronicles: Season 2, Part I

Welcome back to the C-SPAN Chronicles! I am your host, Kelsey Kim, the newest addition to SCRC, and the new C-SPAN Project Archivist. Hopefully our return hasn’t set your head spinning. Amanda Brent, processor extraordinaire, walked you through the lengthy course of processing all of the hundreds of boxes of C-SPAN material in 2017. I am here to walk you through the next stage: digitization. [ 1,115 more word ]
https://vault217.gmu.edu/?p=8291

Welcome back to the C-SPAN Chronicles! I am your host, Kelsey Kim, the newest addition to SCRC, and the new C-SPAN Project Archivist. Hopefully our return hasn’t set your head spinning. Amanda Br…

#OTD in 1807 US Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama for treason. #Rarebookcorner presents Proofs of the Co...
02/19/2019

#OTD in 1807 US Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama for treason. #Rarebookcorner presents Proofs of the Corruption of Gen. James Wilkinson and of His Connection with Aaron Burr E334.C53 1809, by Daniel Clark, accusing Wilkinson of being a Spanish agent.

This week’s #FridayFinds is Four Years a Scout and Spy by Edward C Downs ( E608.R9). Downs tells the story of Lorain R...
02/15/2019

This week’s #FridayFinds is Four Years a Scout and Spy by Edward C Downs ( E608.R9). Downs tells the story of Lorain Ruggles, a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. Lorain Ruggles was a member of the 20th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving in the Mississippi-Tennessee theater as a scout, spy & detective. He claimed to be the brother of a Confederate General, in whose command he sometimes operated. This first edition of Four Years a Scout and Spy was released in 1866, only a few months after the Civil War ended.

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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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