Out of the Box: Prince William County Historic Newspapers

If you love researching local history or old newspapers, you’ll want to check out the Prince William County Historic Newspapers. Our Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) recently finished processing this new collection given to the University Libraries by the Prince William County Library. The papers in the collection span the years 1851 through 1992 and contain many interesting articles (such as the one pictured on the left) and fun advertisements. Read SCRC’s story and visit the newly created finding aid to learn more.

Artists’ Book Open House: Nature & Discovery

Learn more about Mason Libraries’ Artists’ Book Collection! Students, faculty and staff are invited to an Artists’ Book Open House on March 1, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick. This month’s Open House features a selection of artists’ books related to the themes of nature and discovery. A guided conversation between two current Mason graduate students on the selected books, and their own artistic practices, will start at 6 p.m. Join us!

SCRC Open House February 22

SCRCOpenHouse.400You 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, rbramlet@gmu.edu, 703-993-2058.



Focus on: Black/African Heritage Month

BlackHeritageMonth2017.400Black/African Heritage Month is a time to recall 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 online 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.

For more information, search the Libraries’ subject guides, database list or contact

Image: Crossings. Norman Lewis, 1948.