SC&A Launches VOTE Exhibit During 2008 Election Year!

Exhibition poster for Vote.

No matter what the result, this year’s presidential election will be remembered as an historic one.  For more than two centuries Americans have participated in this very exercise and despite political and ideological divisions, engage each other in this important civil responsibility. In VOTE: Political Americana in Special Collections & Archives, SC&A takes a look at the presidential election process of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through archival materials held in its collections. The exhibit is located on the the first and second floor in the C-Wing and second floor of the A-Wing in Fenwick Library.

A smaller digital version of the exhibit can be found at: http://sca.gmu.edu/exhibit/vote.html

Collection of Papers Documenting New Town Development in the US and Abroad Now Available for Research in SC&A!

The David Pass papers have been processed and are available for use in SC&A. The collection documents Pass’s career at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, the Urban Development Corporation in New York, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.

Town center, Vällingby, Sweden, 1960s. David Pass papers, box 30, folder 1.

Town center, Vallingby, Sweden, 1960s. David Pass Papers.

Contained in the collection are correspondence, oral histories, research files, photographs, maps, and plans that document the development and study of new towns in the United States and internationally, particularly Sweden. Although the inclusive dates span from 1934 to 2001, the bulk of the collection dates from the early 1960s to the early 1980s.

Former SC&A Graduate Research Assistant Accepts Archivist Position at GC&SU

Joshua Kitchens, a former student employee in SC&A, has accepted a position as Assistant Archivist in Special Collections (http://www2.gcsu.edu/library/) of the Georgia College & State University (http://www.gcsu.edu/) Library in Milledgeville, Georgia.

His responsibilities will include: development and evaluation of Special Collections services, collections, and programs; acting as University Archives coordinator; acquiring and processing university archives, manuscripts, and books; specialized reference and research services; organizing, cataloging, and describing holdings, creating MARC, EAD and web-based descriptive records; production of digital projects; evaluating the preservation needs of the collections; promoting the use of collections by students, faculty, and scholars through instruction, exhibits, publications and other means; and participating in general reference and research services for the campus and community.

Josh, who was employed by SC&A from August 2006 until April 2008, helped build the Planned Community Archives: Catherine A. Baum Digital Collection, (http://mars.gmu.edu/dspace/handle/1920/505) scanning digital objects, providing metadata for them, and maintaining the collection. Congratulations and good luck Josh!