You are cordially invited to the upcoming Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) Open House on Wednesday, February 22, 3 to 7 p.m. Located in 2400 Fenwick Library, SCRC supports academic research, teaching and learning at Mason by collecting preserving and providing access to primary research collections and documents, archival and rare book collections, and digitizing priority collections.
During the Open House, you can explore selected materials related to George Mason University, Northern Virginia, performing arts, transportation and planning, and photography. SCRC also collects oral histories pertaining to Northern Virginia, the Federal Theatre Project, Reston, Virginia, and George Mason University’s history. Learn about the George Mason University Archives and the University Records Management program, too.
For more information about the SCRC Open House, please contact Rebecca Bramlett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-993-2058.
Black/African Heritage Month is a time to remember the important contributions and achievements of Black/African Heritage cultures on campus, throughout history and their current contributions to the world. Explore Mason Libraries’ collections to learn more. Online resources are available – free – to Mason students, faculty and staff. Login with your Mason username and password. Some selected collections include:
- African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
Time travel into history with access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. Includes papers from more than 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles. Also available to search is the wide-ranging magazine collection from 1825-1995.
- Black Studies in Video
Survey the evolution of black culture in the United States through documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage. Includes topics of history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
- Oxford African American Studies Center
Highlights the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. Content includes primary source documents, biographies, images, maps, film clips, sound recordings, and thematic timelines. The collection is continually updated and offers education and teacher resources.
In conjunction with OSCAR, Mason Libraries are sponsoring and funding an Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) intensive research project during Summer 2017. Potential project ideas:
- Research on individual book artists; copyright and Artist Books; working with metadata; researching planning and mounting an exhibit, or researching and creating your own Artist Book.
- Researching how Congressional hearings have been managed historically, and whether majority bias results in legislative action.
- Text mining and examining the use of particular words in public domain texts.
- You must be a Mason undergraduate student
- You must attend one of two proposal workshops (mandatory)
- February 1, 2017 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., Fenwick Library Room 1014A
- February 16, 2017 from 10 – 11:30 a.m., Fenwick Library Room 1014A
- You must apply to OSCAR by February 22, 2017
- Application process information
- All parts of the application must be addressed or it will not be considered
- OSCAR staff review all applications
- You must be able to work 360 hours on the project during Summer 2017
- Successful applicant receives $4,000 stipend during Summer 2017
Undergraduate students who have a research idea or are interested in working on a research project using library resources are encouraged to Diane Smith, Associate University Librarian, email@example.com for more information.