With the preliminary work underway for the new Fenwick Library addition, I thought these pages from a 1987 planning document would be of interest. Although they are quite different, the footprint of the new building will be be similar to the Phase IV addition featured in these plans. The big difference is that these plans included the retention of the old library (the A Wing), while the current plans call for that building to be demolished Check out the two rooms on the first floor that are both labeled “Ideas.”
The Eugene McCarthy presidential campaign speech files collection contains documents from six speech file “books” used by the campaign staff. The speeches span from October 1967 to July 1968 and include remarks he gave prior to his entry into the race for the Democratic nomination. Some of the speeches are from campaign stops in particular primary states, such as Nebraska, and the speeches generally document McCarthy’s positions on the Vietnam War, the economy, and race relations. Although most of the documents are speeches, there are also transcripts of debates, television appearances, and press conferences. The transcripts include an exchange between McCarthy and Robert Kennedy on ABC television, and another transcript documents McCarthy’s appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. A press conference transcript from June 14, 1968, is particularly notable since it appears to be the first press conference McCarthy held following the assassination of Robert Kennedy. The documents are all photocopies, but some of them contain handwritten edits that were also copied. This collection compliments many of the 20th century U.S. political collections held by SC&A, such as the Arthur Scott photograph collection that includes photographs of McCarthy.
Digital projects are a great way to promote collections. At SC&A we having been adding new ways to interact with materials from our collections online.
One online tool we are using to highlight the Federal Theatre Project collection is the Library of Congress endorsed Viewshare. Viewshare is a dynamic tool that allows users to upload data and then visualize that data in new and exciting ways. Among the viewing options is a gallery, map, timeline, list, table, and pie graph. We have utilized some of these views to create a new display of our Federal Theatre Project Poster, Costume, and Set Design Slide Collection. Users can now browse the collection in a gallery view, list view, or on a map (above) or on a timeline (below).
Since data uploaded to Viewshare can be set to public it is also possible for users to create their own “views” based on the data we have created. Here is a link to our data set – http://viewshare.org/data/gmu_sca/federal-theatre-project/