Special Collections & Archives latest exhibition “East German Poster Collection: Themes from the Early Years, 1940s-1960s” features selected posters from George Mason University Libraries’ East German Poster Collection. The exhibition is located on Floor 2, Wing C of Fenwick Library and is part of the campus-wide observance of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Acquired by the Mason Libraries in 2010, the East German Poster Collection encompasses more than 7,500 posters from the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), more commonly known as East Germany. George Mason is the only university in North or South America to house such a large collection of cultural and political GDR posters.
“East German Poster Collection: Themes from the Early Years, 1940s-1960s” displays selected posters reflecting specific aspects of GDR life as well as the collection. Special Collections & Archives finding aids describe the various components of this collection:
- East German Poster Collection Culture and Science Series, 1952-1991
- East German Poster Collection Film Series, 1947-1995
- East German Poster Collection Art Exhibitions Series, 1955-1994
- East German Poster Collection Performing Arts Series, 1955-1997
- East German Poster Collection Political Series, 1943-2009
For more information about this exhibition, the East German Poster Collection, or Special Collections & Archives, please contact Yvonne Carignan, ycarigna @gmu.edu
Looking for a cool space to work with your group? Gateway Library now offers two Media:scape collaboration rooms. Media:scape rooms are located on First Floor, Gateway Library – in the alcoves on either side of the atrium behind the Gateway Service Desk. Media:scape space is great – you can work on group projects or assignments, and the spaces are equipped with hardware which connects up to 4 laptops to the LCD in each room. Moveable whiteboards are also available! Media:scape rooms can be reserved using the Group Study Room Reservation System – they’re listed under Gateway Library. Check ‘em out!
Thursday, November 6
Gelman Room 702
Moderated by the Executive Director of the National Security Archive, this panel will explore how scholarly research on Russia/the former Soviet Union & Central/Eastern Europe has changed over the last 25 years. What are the what are current challenges, successes, and failures in this rich area of interdisciplinary study?
Panelists will explore how changes in access to documents, archives, historical figures and other scholars have affected study of this region. They will also discuss how the views and perspective of researchers and scholars have changed due to changing circumstances and the passage of time.
Tom Blanton, Executive Director, National Security Archive
Robert W. Orttung, Associate Research Professor of International Affairs; Assistant Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
Sharon Wolchik, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Jim Hershberg, Professor of International Affairs
Svetlana Savranskaya, National Security Archives Director for Cooperative Projects with Russian Archives and Institutes, Editor of the Russian and East Bloc Archival Documents Database