Fairies and Fairy Tales

The Special Collections Research Center is celebrating Halloween by exploring some of the fairy tales, folklore and fables in our Rare Books Collection. As it turns out–the stacks are full of magic! Fairies jump out from the pages of our rare book collection. In the pop-up volume shown here, Fairies Continue Reading

Cookbooks!

Special guest blog post from George Mason University Libraries’ Ordering Coordinator Meaghan O’Malley! The Rosemary Poole Cookbook Collection in Special Collections & Archives gives patrons of the University Libraries’ unique access to the documentation of 19th century housewifery, cookery, hostessing, basic first aid and treatment of common illnesses, and easy household Continue Reading

Rare Book Conservation

George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) was the proud recipient in December 2012 of an NEH Preservation Assistance grant.  Grant activities included working with a preservation consultant to assess preservation of collections here, creating a preservation plan, and prioritizing preservation actions.  We identified one important priority as Continue Reading

Russian Ballet in Paris 1909 – 1921

Collection des plus beaux numéros de Comœdia illustré et des programmes consacrés aux ballets & galas russes, depuis le début à Paris, 1909-1921 (Sp.Col. GV1787 .B7 1922) is a recent acquisition for our rare book collection. The book is a visually exciting French language collection of programs for Ballets Russes Continue Reading

The Art of Photo Engraving

SC&A was fortunate enough to recently acquire a copy of Achievement in Photo-Engraving and Letter Press Printing 1927 (sp.col. TR 970 .F6 1927) for our rare book collection. The book, compiled and edited by Louis Flader for the American Photo-Engravers Association, is a wonderful compendium of pre-depression era advertising. It’s Continue Reading