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Will's Birthday Bash

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 15:18
April 15, 2015

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.  

Woven Words: Poetry, Art, and the Book

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:58
April 14, 2015

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.

Research Guide to the Crisis in Ukraine

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:54
April 13, 2015

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. 

Please visit this Crisis in Ukraine research guide and contact the Global Resources Center for help with your international research or for further assistance.

Video Commemorating 75 Years of the National School Boards Association

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:57

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 and Eckles Unaffected by DC Power Outages

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:09
April 7, 2015

Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library all have power and are unaffected by the power outages in DC.

Welcome to DCAAP!

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:51
March 31, 2015

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!


Alex Krensky

Project Archivist

Interesting Find in the Collection: Puerto Rico: Tragedy in the Schools

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:45

In 1978, the National Education Association sent a task force to Puerto Rico to investigate the state of the island's education system. One year later they published a book titled Puerto Rico: Tragedy in the Schools.

Remembering the Holocaust: A Story of Loss, Love and Survival

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:07
March 23, 2015

Dr. Yehuda Nir and Dr. Bonnie Maslin Exhibit Hall
Gelman Library, 7th floor

5pm - Reception and Viewing of Exhibit 
6pm - Opening Ceremony

You are invited to the opening of an exhibit 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.

The opening ceremony will be 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.  These presentations will be followed by a general discussion.

This exhibit is made possible by a Faculty & Staff Innovation Grant from the Shenkman Career Services Fund.