New Exhibition – Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America

“Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America” is now open in the Special Collections Research Center’s Exhibition Gallery on the second floor of Fenwick Library.

This exhibition, through sometimes plain (and often painful) documents, attempts to illuminate aspects of three civil rights movements: African American, Women, and LGBTQ+. The items in the cases are from the holdings of the George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. The displayed pieces were created between the 19th through 21st century, and originate primarily in the United States.

Every movement has multiples arguments and ways to inform about a shared code of beliefs or values. Photographs educate and, sometimes, inspire one to action. Reports present researched facts. Letters reveal personal opinions. Plays and books interpret past and present realities, or anticipate future ones. The actions of people – of our fellow citizens – reflects the times in which they lived, their individual challenges, the choices made, their perspectives and vision for the future. Although incomplete, this exhibit is an invitation to more deeply examine the long, slow march of civil rights history in the United States.

“Before and Beyond 1968” is curated by Lynn Eaton (Director, Special Collections Research Center) and Bob Vay (Digital Collections and Exhibition Archivist, Special Collections Research Center). Consultation provided by Spencer Crew (Robinson Professor of African American and Public History). The exhibition will be on display through January 2019.

Welcome back, Mason Alumni

It’s that time of year! Alumni Weekend, the annual reunion weekend held each fall, will take place this week: October 11-14, 2018. #MasonAW is a great opportunity to visit campus, reconnect with fellow alumni, show your alma mater off to your family, and enjoy lots of fun activities hosted by a variety of academic and cultural alumni chapters, as well as the GMUAA. We hope you will join us!

Swing by Fenwick Library during your time on campus to view two unique exhibits featuring items from our Special Collections Research Center:

  • First Class: George Mason’s Class of 1968 (Atrium, 1st Floor)
  • Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America (Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, 2nd Floor)

Fenwick Library will be open from 10am until 6pm on Saturday, October 13.

For the full Alumni Weekend schedule and more information, visit http://alumniweekend.gmu.edu.

#archivesmonth Archives Fair on 10/5

To celebrate Virginia Archives Month, Mason Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center hosts its first Archives Fair on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, 2001 Fenwick Library, October 5 from 1 – 3:30 pm. This is your opportunity to see what local Virginia archival repositories have to offer, speak to archivists, learn more about archives and archival services, and to see what interesting records they hold! The following institutions will be at the Archives Fair:

For more information about the Archives Fair, contact Brittney Falter, bfalter@gmu.edu, 703-993-2058.

#archivesmonth Information Session

“Archivists bring the past to the present. They’re records collectors and protectors, keepers of memory. They organize unique, historical materials, making them available for current and future research.” – Lisa Lewis

Get ready for Archives Month! On Thursday, September 27, from 1-4 p.m., Special Collections Research Center archivists will be in the Fenwick Atrium to share information about 2018 Archives Month events and Mason Libraries’ archival resources. Stop by to learn more about what they do, ask questions and get acquainted with the Libraries’ special collections. Archival Oddities is the theme for this year’s celebration, October 1-31. For more information, contact Brittney Falter, bfalter@gmu.edu #archivesmonth #archivaloddities #scrc