Learn more about Juneteenth

Join the conversation

On Thursday, June 17 at 1 p.m. EST, tune in for a live Q&A on the official @georgemasonu Instagram for a discussion of the significance of Juneteenth and ways to celebrate it.

Listen in

Check out this episode of Mason’s Access to Excellence podcast, Doing the work: Anti-racism, inclusion and disrupting inequality, where President Gregory Washington speaks with Wendi Manuel-Scott and Shernita Parker, co-directors of Mason’s Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force about the university’s commitment to be a national leader in this dialogue.

Check out some library resources

Explore new resources, such as the Gale Slavery & Anti-Slavery collections or the Readex African American collections. Read more about them below, or peruse other databases and subject guides to find additional resources.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive is devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery in America and the rest of the world from the 17th century to the late 19th century. Archival collections were sourced from more than 60 libraries at institutions such as the Amistad Research Center, Bibliothèque nationale de France, the National Archives, Oberlin College, Oxford University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Yale University. In its entirety, Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive consists of more than five million cross-searchable pages sourced from books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, legal documents, court records, monographs, manuscripts, and maps from many different countries covering the history of the slave trade.

African Americans and Reconstruction, 1865-1883 contains nearly 1,400 fully searchable printed works from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of Jim Crow.  It includes documents related to African Americans and citizenship, voting rights, literacy, land rights, employment, and more, including the gaps between written law and practice.

African Americans and Jim Crow, 1883-1922 contains more than 1,000 fully searchable printed works from the beginning of Jim Crow to post-World War I. These works provide insights into African American culture and life during this period of segregation and disenfranchisement and include such topics as African American identity, relationships with peoples of other nations, and literature.

Pride Month Resources + Trivia Night

In honor of Pride month, the Libraries invites you to explore LGBTQIA+ history through our online resources, starting with a newly acquired resource – the Gale Archives of Sexuality and Gender. This collection spans the sixteenth to the twentieth century, and features primary source documents relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality, gender research and gender studies research. Documents covering social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities around the world are included, as well as rare and unique books on sex and sexuality from the sciences to the humanities. For more resources, see our LGBTQ Studies guide.

In addition to your studies, put these resources to use for fun and join the Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment and the Alumni Association on Thursday, June 17 for a virtual trivia night. Test your knowledge in the following categories: Pride history, LGBTQ+ icons, Movies and Television, Music, Art, and Mason facts. Show your Mason spirit and get ready for some friendly competition! Read more and register here.

New report available on journal article access

As the Libraries revisits our subscriptions in light of our Sustainable Collections goals, we will be sharing available data on journal article access in regular Journal Article Access Reports. Our first report, covering January to March 2021, or the first three months of our changed Elsevier contract, is now available. The report includes data on our InterLibrary Loan service and the LibKey Discovery tool we have implemented to streamline article access for our users.

Our first quarter report, and all future reports, will be published on the Journal Article Access Reports page of our Sustainable Collections site. We welcome your questions and comments on this report or other aspects of the Libraries’ work in the area of sustainable collections.

New Indigenous Peoples and African American primary sources available

The Libraries is excited to announce that Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium (VIVA) has acquired a number of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-focused e-resources, thanks to support from SCHEV’s Fund for Excellence and Innovation. Our Mason community now has access to the following resources.

From Gale:

Indigenous Peoples of North America – a comprehensive collection of primary source documents from American and Canadian government sources and institutions, tribal publications, and documents from Indian-related organizations, including a selection of indigenous-language materials. 

Diversity Bundle Ebooks collection – a custom list of 57 titles, many of which are reference resources and all of which have publication dates of 2017 to the present. 

From Readex:

African Americans and Reconstruction, 1865-1883 contains nearly 1,400 fully searchable printed works from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of Jim Crow.  It includes documents related to African Americans and citizenship, voting rights, literacy, land rights, employment, and more, including the gaps between written law and practice.

 African Americans and Jim Crow, 1883-1922 contains more than 1,000 fully searchable printed works from the beginning of Jim Crow to post-World War I. These works provide insights into African American culture and life during this period of segregation and disenfranchisement and include such topics as African American identity, relationships with peoples of other nations, and literature.

Should you have any questions about the above resources, please contact your subject librarian.

ASERL libraries pool purchasing to gain access to huge trove of Adam Matthew Digital content

APRIL 8, 2021 — The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and Adam Matthew Digital are pleased to announce a successful partnership that has resulted in ASERL libraries gaining perpetual access to all Adam Matthew Digital content published through 2016. The cache of content now available to ASERL institutions includes 77 collections from the award-winning publisher such as Colonial America, American History, American Indian Histories and Cultures, Global Commodities, Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, and Popular Culture in Britain and America.

Working as a group to reach a collective spend goal, ASERL libraries are celebrating the additional, unprecedented level of access to essential primary source content from Adam Matthew Digital.

Access to primary source content is particularly vital in the current moment when physical archives are restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This partnership supports ASERL’s mission of “providing and maintaining top quality resources and services to students, faculty, and citizens of their respective communities.”

“ASERL is thrilled our member libraries were able to make these investments that unlocked a wonderful trove of content,” commented Jan Lewis, Director of Academic Library Services at East Carolina University and President of ASERL’s Board of Directors for 2020-2021.?“The past year has been so challenging for so many libraries in so many ways – it’s really wonderful ASERL libraries are able to receive this membership benefit to boost their collections.”

“We’re very pleased to engage in progressive partnerships that widen access to our products, and enable a much larger community to access important teaching and research content during these challenging times,” commented Khal Rudin, Managing Director at Adam Matthew Digital. “Our teams are now looking forward to working with ASERL institutions to celebrate this agreement and to share information about the vast range of material available, and to offer support and guidance to ensure good visibility and engagement across their community.”

To find out more about the partnership, please contact: John Burger – ASERL Executive Director (jburger@aserl.org) or Alicia Sell – Head of Regional Sales at Adam Matthew Digital (alicia@amedu.com).