Travel the Globe with Special Collections

Summer is approaching and travel plans have been made! Special Collections Research Center holds many images and books that represent great travel destinations in the United States and around the world. The current exhibit, Around the World in (Almost) Eighty Days: Traveling the Globe with Special Collections, features wonderful selections from SCRC holdings, and they might even help those who are still trying to figure out where to travel in the upcoming months. The exhibit runs from June 5 through mid-August. Join us at a reception on June 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick. Hope to see you there – Bon Voyage!

For more information, please contact Brittney Falter, bfalter@gmu.edu

 

Artists’ Books in Conversation with Zines

George Mason University’s Print Department’s Zine and Book community will host a zine-focused fair and market on Wednesday, April 26, in The Hub. In conjunction with this Zine Plus Festival (hosted by the GMU Ten09 Collective), the Mason community is invited to visit the Special Collections Research Center (2400 Fenwick) between 2 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 to learn more about our artists’ book collection and to view artists’ books in conversation with the various themes and formats of zines.

For more information, contact Rebecca Bramlett, Research Services Coordinator, at rbramlet@gmu.edu or 3-2058.

Gilbert & Sullivan Exhibition Opening

The University Libraries is excited to announce the opening of a major Gilbert & Sullivan exhibition, “Oh, Joy Unbounded…”: A Celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, featuring items from the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert & Sullivan Collection.

The Mason community is invited to join us for an exhibition opening celebration from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 in the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center on the second floor of Fenwick Library (Room 2400). The program will open with remarks by Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and will include a tour of the exhibition by David Stone, who we have to thank for amassing this stunning collection of Gilbert & Sullivan memorabilia.

Three galleries in Fenwick Library are dedicated to displaying items from the Stones’ remarkable collection, which will be on view through May. The exhibition is part of a larger celebration of the famous duo, which the Libraries and the College of Visual and Performing Arts are coordinating at Mason. In addition to the exhibition, there will be performances and a scholarly forum. Additional information about the exhibition may be found here, and tickets for performances and the forum may be purchased here.

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.