It’s Mason Day – and look who’s here! Heading to the #Mason50 celebration, George Mason and his Mason Peeps dropped by to see how the new Fenwick Library Addition is coming along. First things first for the Mason Peeps: George is showing them floor plans and renderings to get them ready to tour the new space. Stay tuned for more adventures! #FenwickSneakPeeps #GetReady2Move
Monday, April 27
Gelman Library, Room 702
Join Professor Christopher Klemek and the students in History 2020 as they uncover the layers of history around campus in DigitalDC, an interactive website telling the story of Foggy Bottom through documents, images, and oral histories.
The project is the culmination of the students' semester-long research project, making use of the resources at Gelman's Special Collections Research Center as well as numerous other archives around the city.
Read more about the 2014 event and unveiling of the website in the GW Today article "DigitalDC Brings Washington Alive at the Click of a Mouse."
Celebrate Preservation Week! On Monday, April 27, The University Libraries’ Preservation Department is showcasing “The Conservation of John Green’s A Short History of the English People.” Part of a gift from Philip M. Teigen, who donated a substantial collection of rare John Richard Green volumes to the Libraries in 2008, the exhibit highlights the work of conservator Ethel Hellman in restoring these unique and valuable items. Ms. Hellman will speak about this project on Monday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m in Special Collections and Archives, Floor 2, Wing C, Fenwick Library. The exhibit is on display through May.
Dr. Yehuda Nir and Dr. Bonnie Maslin Exhibit Hall
Gelman Library, 7th floor
The Remembering the Holocaust: A Story of Loss, Love and Survival exhibit was created by GW's class on “Holocaust Memory." This exhibit is based on the experiences of two extraordinary young Polish Jews, Norman and Amalie Petranker Salsitz, most of whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust but who, by their courage and wits, survived, got married, came to America, raised a family and wrote a gripping memoir, Against All Odds. The many photographs and documents they saved, and their utter devotion to memory, enabled them to amass and document a collection that is utterly unique and that forms the basis of this exhibition. It tells their story as well as the story of a world that was and is no more.
Read more about the exhibit and the opening, addressed by Esther Dezube, the daughter of the Salsitzes; Steven Lerman, the Provost of George Washington University; the students who created the exhibition; and the course’s instructor, Walter Reich, GW’s Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor, who is a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: GW Student Exhibit: A Story of Holocaust Survival ‘Against All Odds’: “Remembering the Holocaust” captures the stunning life of Norman and Amalie Salsitz
This exhibit is made possible by a Faculty & Staff Innovation Grant from the Shenkman Career Services Fund.
The DC Africana Archives Project is seeking five George Washington University and Howard University students to serve as processing assistants for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. Students who work as processing assistants for DCAAP will receive a wealth of training and experience in archival processing and Africana history and culture. Students will also be introduced to influential administrators and curators serving at museums, universities, cultural centers, libraries and research institutions across the region. Please see the attached job description for details, and contact Alexandra Krensky, Project Archivist, with any questions at email@example.com.
DCAAP Student Processor Job Announcement.3.23.15.pdf
Thursday, April 23
Gelman Library Room 708 (Global Resources Center)
Please join us at Gelman library for International Student Coffee Hour co-hosted by the Global Resources Center and the International Services Office.
Take a tour of the Global Resources center, chat with a specialist about your research and global interests and enjoy a snack with your ISO friends!
Tuesday, April 21
Gelman Library Reading Porch
Rain location: Gelman 219
Party Bard-y with GW Libraries and GW English as we celebrate the 451st birthday of William Shakespeare. Join us on the Gelman Reading Porch for cakes and tea while enjoying student poetry performances. You can also make your own quill pen and, of course, take a birthday selfie with Will.
April 1 - May 31, 2015
Media and Public Affairs Building second floor display cases.
April is National Poetry Month!
Celebrate “poetry’s vital place in our culture" by visiting this new exhibit from the Corcoran Art & Design Collection, focusing on the relationship of poetry and art as illustrated through artists’ books. The display features the numerous artists’ books from the collection that utilize poetry or lyrics as a basis for artistic expression in book form.
Pages of some of the volumes in the display cases will be changed throughout the exhibition so that visitors will have the opportunity to view the range of images in the books.
It has been a year since pro-Russian activists seized control of government buildings in towns and cities in the Ukraine. With broad geo-political implications, this conflict is a rich subject for academic research and analysis. The Global Resources Center has just published a comprehensive research guide covering the historical background, milestone events of 2014-2015, and providing links to up-to-date news, analysis, maps, and videos from multilingual sources.
Joy Suh, Geospatial Resources Librarian, Data Services Group, has been selected to receive the 2015 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. Ms. Suh will be recognized for this outstanding achievement at Mason’s annual Celebration of Teaching event today, April 13, 2015, in the Center for the Arts.
Recognized by her colleagues for her enthusiastic and tireless support of Mason’s students, faculty, and staff, Ms. Suh truly embodies commitment to George Mason University and the academic research librarian profession. During her sixteen years of service at Mason she has fulfilled several professional roles with great success, starting as the Government Information librarian, expanding to Geography and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and more recently into a broader role encompassing data management and curation, the closely aligned area of e-research, and data analysis and representation in technical, social sciences and humanities disciplines. In all those endeavors, Ms. Suh Joy exemplified service-oriented librarianship informed by in-depth expertise in the academic subject matter and her myriad professional skills.
Celebrate National Library Week (April 12-18) and National Poetry Month! How? Enter the Book Stacks Poetry Challenge, April 12–24! Sponsored by Research Services, you could win the Grand Prize: exclusive use of a Fenwick Library Study Room (B203) during Finals (May 5–13)!
Here’s how to enter!
- Browse some bookshelves – in any Mason Library or your own
- Select some titles
- Stack the books to create an original poem that reads top to bottom
- Photograph your Book Stacks Poem and tweet it to @fenrefstaff and tag it #StaxPoem
- The Book Stacks Poetry Challenge is open to all currently registered Mason students
- The original book stack poem and original photograph must be created by a currently registered Mason student.
- Mason students may enter more than once, but each entry must be a different book stack poem.
- Entries must be received before Noon (EDT), April 24, 2015.
- Grand Prize will be awarded to one winner only.
- The winner will be notified by April 30.
What do artists read? Verbal/Visual: The Texts and Influences Behind Mason’s MFA Artists showcases work by six visual artists in Mason’s MFA program in the School of Art together with the books that have most informed the work.
All of the artists in this exhibit are graduating in May 2015 and have, over their time in the MFA program, developed a strong studio practice that includes both creating and reading. Each artist has selected a few books that have had a profound impact on their work. Visit the gallery to discover their visual work as well as some of their greatest influences found right here in the Mason Libraries’ collection. The exhibit runs through May 4, 2015.
In this exhibit are works by:
The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is the fifth of fourteen comic operas with music by Arthur Sullivan and book by W. S. Gilbert. Unlike all their other collaborations, which were first performed in London, Pirates received its official premiere in New York at the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 31 December 1879. Well over a century later, The Pirates of Penzance remains one of the most popular of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas, and indeed one of the most frequently performed works in all musical theatre. This exhibit traces its history from its earliest productions to the present day. The Pirates of Penzance will be performed April 24-26 by George Mason University’s School of Music in the Harris Theatre. The exhibit in Fenwick Library 2nd Floor, Wing A, runs from April 6-May 1.
Gelman Library's Special Collections is always happy to see its material being put to use. It's especially nice when it's used by the original donor returning to see how we've cared for their material over the years.
Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library all have power and are unaffected by the power outages in DC.
Welcome to the DC Africana Archives Project blog! We are so excited to bring these collections out of hiding and to share what we find with you. Over the next few months, we’ll be posting about items we find in these collections and telling you about upcoming events. Watch this space for posts from our processing assistants as well as links to our Tumblr.
Our eight processing assistants were hired in November 2014 and began processing in January. Over the past two months they’ve processed over 300 linear feet of material at five institutions! Below is a list of the collections that have been processed or are currently being processed at each institution. Be on the lookout for finding aids, coming soon!
George Washington University
Walter Fauntroy Papers
So far we’ve processed over 150 boxes of the Walter Fauntroy Papers!
Found in the Walter Fauntroy Papers, GWU
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
Arthur P. Davis Papers
Patricia Roberts Harris Papers
Wilhelmina Rolark Papers
Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Capitol Press Club Records
St. Elizabeth Hospital Burial Ledger
Sadgwar Family Papers
DC Statehood Party Records
Madeline Lindsey Green Family Research Papers
Westminster Neighborhood Association Records
Reverend Tecumseh Hampton Gaskins Papers
District of Columbia Archives
Marion Barry, Jr. Collection
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, DC Public Library
Lawrence Guyot, Jr. Papers
Charlene Drew Jarvis Papers
In Summer 2015 we’ll start processing at the National Museum of American History. Check back here, as well as at our Tumblr for great finds from the processing assistants!