Archives Month Open House 10/31

On Wednesday, October 31 from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Special Collections Research Center is holding an Archives Month Open House with a display of some of their  archival oddities as well as Archives Month themed materials (including the announcement of the REMIX contest winners). Everyone and anyone is encouraged to attend! Light refreshments will be served outside of the seminar room.

SmartStart + Fenwick Open House

Get ready to research! Stop by SmartStart + Fenwick Open House on September 4 from 1-5 p.m. and discover how Mason Libraries can help you succeed. Learn about subject librarians, course reserves, checking out books, searching for articles, and more. Visit departments, too: Special Collections Research Center, Digital Scholarship Center, Music Library, and SP@RC Lab.

There will be a drawing for a prize, so be sure to come and see what’s in Mason Libraries for you!

Artists’ Book Open House and Artist’s Talk: March 7

Join us for an Artists’ Book Open House and Artist’s Talk on Wednesday, March 7 from 1:30-3:00pm in our Special Collections Research Center (Fenwick 2400). For this open house, SCRC will artists’ books that center on themes of language, meditation, and the spatial elements of books arts, particularly as exemplified in Islamic and Indian arts and texts.

At 2:00pm, artist and current Mason MFA student Kate Fitzpatrick will lead a conversation on the selected artists’ books, and discuss how these works relate to her own artistic practice and interests. Fitzpatrick’s recent work, Asemic Manuscript, is on display in Fenwick Gallery through March 16th.

Curious about artists’ books? This is an opportunity to learn more about this unique publication medium, to have hands-on interaction with the collection, and to hear how current Mason students and researchers are using artists’ books as a source of visual, formal, and thematic inspiration. Learn more about artists’ books from the Mason Artists’ Book Infoguide.

Join us for Spirits in the Archives!

The arrival of October means it is American Archives Month! Since 2006, cultural institutions around the United States have hosted annual events to spread the word about what archives are and the important role archivists play in preserving and presenting history.

The Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) will be holding an archives information session today, October 3 from 1 – 4 p.m. Just stop by their display in the Fenwick Library Atrium to learn more. October 4 is AskAnArchivist day: SCRC will be active on their various social media accounts to help answer any questions you may have about archives, archivists, and anything else archives-related.

SCRC is also participating in the REMIX contest organized by the Virginia Caucus of Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and invites you to join them by creating your own submissions. The REMIX “Spirits in the Archives” is a contest to inspire literal and figurative out-of-the-box ideas for cultural heritage collections, such as creating redaction poetry, GIFs, collages, coloring pages, memes, and other digital interventions.

To conclude the celebration or archives, SCRC will host an  Archives Month Open House on October 31 from 1 – 4 p.m.  Some collections related to the “Spirits in the Archives” theme as well as REMIX contest submissions will be featured.

For more information about American Archives Month, the REMIX context, SCRC’s Mason Archives Month contest, some fun images from SCRC’s collections, and SCRC’s vital role in archiving and preserving history, please read SCRC’s blog post over at Vault217.