Fun Finds in the Virginia Historical Documents Collection

This post was written by Emily Rusch, student Research Assistant. The Virginia Historical Documents collection includes letters, postcards, and court documents relating to Virginia from early 16th century until the early 20th century. This collection was put together using many small donations to the Special Collections Research Center. Pictured is Continue Reading

Women’s History Month – Emilie F Miller

This post was written by Reference Assistant, Mike Rynearson. Emilie Miller was a trailblazing woman in Virginia politics. Being the first female senator to represent Fairfax in 1983, Miller took the lead on many social issues of the time. She served on committees and advocated for those within the field Continue Reading

Black History Month – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each February, the United States celebrates Black History Month, which underscores and celebrates the contributions of African American Culture to the American experience over hundreds of years. Black History Month also examines and highlights the terrible oppression African Americans have experienced during these hundreds of years, and those who fought Continue Reading

Gum Springs

This post was written by Mike Rynearson, Research Services Assistant. In this week’s blog, we spotlight Black History Month with one of our rare books that tell the incredible story of Gum Springs. Gum Springs is the oldest African American Community in Fairfax County, formally established in 1833. The founder Continue Reading

Archives Month

October is finally here and that means it’s American Archives Month! Every year since 2006, cultural institutions around the United States participate in events to get the word out about what archives really are, and the role archivists play in preserving and presenting history. George Mason University’s Special Collections Research Continue Reading