Fenwick Library Plans in 1987

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.”

A 1987 plan showing the new building exterior design for Fenwick Library Phase IV. George Mason University Facilities Management records, Box 103. George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives. Copyright George Mason University.

A 1987 plan showing the first floor of Fenwick Library with the Phase IV addition. The plan also includes an outline of the Phase V addition. George Mason University Facilities Management records, Box 103. Copyright George Mason University.

A 1987 plan showing the George Mason University Farifax Campus with Fenwick Library and the planned expansion designs with Phase IV and Phase V. George Mason University Facilities Management records, Box 103. George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives. Copyright George Mason University.

Finding Aid for Eugene McCarthy Presidential Campaign Speech Files Collection is Available for Research!

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.

Senator Eugene J. McCarthy, on the bottom left, with a large group of guests at the U.S. Capitol Building. August 21, 1964. Arthur E. Scott photograph collection, Box 17, Special Collections & Archives, GMU Libraries. Copyright not held by George Mason University Libraries. Restricted to personal, non-commercial use only. For permission to publish, contact Special Collections & Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

 

 

Reprocessing the Federal Theatre Project – Viewshare

A screenshot of the map view created from the Federal Theatre Project Poster, Costume, and Set Design slide collection data.

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).

A screenshot of the timeline view created from the Federal Theatre Project Poster, Costume, and Set Design slide collection data.

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/