Richard Nixon’s Guide To Leisure

Serving as President of the United States is clearly a 24/7 job. However, just because you happen to be the leader of one of the world’s superpowers, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of downtime. Richard Nixon shows how it’s done:

1. Bowling

The White House has its own private lanes (nachos optional)

Nixon's got game

Nixon's got game

2. Sailing

On the yacht

On the yacht

3. Launch your music career (no need to even leave the White House, it doubles as a entertainment venue)

Nixon accompanying Pearl Bailey on piano during a White  House performance

Nixon accompanying Pearl Bailey on piano during a White House performance

4. Take your talents to the Grand Ole Opry

Nixon jamming with the band at the Grand Ole Opry

Nixon jamming with the band at the Grand Ole Opry

Nixon demonstrating his Yo-Yo skills at the Grand Ole Opry

Nixon demonstrating his Yo-Yo skills at the Grand Ole Opry

5. Enjoy a nice walk on the beach

Nixon having a stroll in San Clemente, CA

Nixon having a stroll in San Clemente, CA

All images taken from the Richard Nixon Presidential Photograph Collection, a series within the Ollie Atkins Photograph Collection.

Rare Franklin D. Roosevelt Photograph

While completing a formal appraisal on the Roy Rosenzweig papers, the appraiser found this photograph of FDR in 1934. What is unusual about the photograph is that it shows FDR using a cane and leg braces visible at the bottom of his pants. FDR used a cane and leg braces because he suffered from polio he contracted in 1921. His condition was largely hidden from the public, which is not the case in this photograph since the people can clearly see he is disabled. The photograph was taken in Worcester, Massachusetts, a city that Rosenzweig researched and wrote about during his long career as a historian.

FDR greeted in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1934. Rosenzweig papers.

Not Just Another Library Preservation Video!

As you know, this week is National Library Week, and George Mason University Libraries and Special Collections & Archives has teamed up to create a video to educate library users on the proper care of library materials. This latest installment in what has become a a cottage industry among hip university library systems, features an appearance by the Mason Men’s  Basketball Coach, Jim Larranaga, an original soundtrack, a library patron enjoying a meal of pizza and spaghetti in the reading room, and Jackie the Librarian. The latter has the ability t0 sniff out food-borne dangers to books, transport herself to any part of the library, and show all transgressors the proper way to treat library materials.

poster_04_centered2The University Libraries observe Preservation Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 15, and the film, The FUNdamentals of Book Care in 5 Easy Lessons, is framed in a lighthearted and whimsical manner, the film derails traditional library stereotypes and reinforces how fun a library can be.

Written, directed, and produced by Leah Donnelly, Coordinator of the George Mason Oral History Program; Veronica Fletcher, University Records Manager; and Adam Fielding, SC&A‘s Research Services Coordinator;  the video features a soundtrack by Washington, DC guitarist Rodney Richardson. The cast includes George Mason University librarians and student employees. To view the video, visit SC&A’s YouTube Channel at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/GMUArchives

Prolonging our Treasures through Preservation, an exhibit on the second, floor, A wing of Fenwick Library follows “a day in the life of a book,” outlines best practices for taking care of and preserving books, describes methods of book repair, and shows other non-book items the library collects and cares for, such as posters, photographs, floppy discs, digital items, etc.  The exhibit is on display through the end of May.