Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989-1990

In late December 1989 two young men, Page Chichester and Helmut Brinkmann, were drinking and watching a soccer match on television in the city of Bonn in what was then called West Germany.  Brinkmann suddenly suggested that they tour East Germany, beginning the next day.  The two stayed up all Continue Reading

Arthur E. Scott finding aid now available

Some of photojournalist/photohistorian Arthur E. Scott’s most fascinating subjects are United States Senators and Presidents, including Barry Goldwater, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon.  Scott also documented the Washington, D.C. area’s most important landmarks, like the U.S. Capitol Building and Arlington National Cemetery.  Check out the complete finding aid for the Continue Reading

How to Pour Tea

Agnes McCall Parker was the founder and director of the Parker School of Etiquette, Personality, and Speech in Washington, D.C. In this photograph from August 1953, Ms. Parker shows a group of her students the proper way to pour tea from a correctly set tea table. This photograph is from Continue Reading

Meet the Jack Rottier Photograph Collection

Last spring, Robin Rottier, a Mason psychology student and Preservation Assistant working in the library, donated a collection of thousands of slides, negatives, and prints taken by her father Jack Rottier. Jack Rottier worked as a photographer for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service from the early Continue Reading

Focusing on African Safaris: The Edith McChesney Ker Collection

Photography is traditionally a profession dominated by men, but one of SC&A’s photography collections is the life work of a fascinating woman, Edith McChesney Ker.  Originally from Virginia, Edith’s life took an unexpected turn while  on an African safari in 1958.  While in Kenya, she met and fell in love Continue Reading