Dr. Martin Sherwin: Important Historian of the 20th Century, and Friend to the Libraries.

George Mason University Professor of History, Dr. Martin Sherwin passed away on Wednesday, October 6.  Dr. Sherwin was best known as a scholar of the Cold War and the Nuclear Age. He was a professor in the Department of History at George Mason from 2007 until his passing. He taught Continue Reading

Looking Over Our Shoulder: The Ever Present Fear of Atomic Attack & Atomic Energy

This post is part of a series pertaining to SCRC’s current exhibition, Looking Over Our Shoulder: The Cold War in American Culture. On August 29, 1949 the Soviet Union successfully tested its first atomic bomb. The weapon was similar in design and explosive power to the United States’ “Fat Man” Continue Reading

Virginia Archives Month 2021 – Activism and Archives

This text was borrowed from the Virginia Archives Month 2021 webpage, written by Amanda Brent. It hardly needs to be said, but 2020 and 2021 have been landmark years for the United States, and the world at large. Not only did 2020 bring a global pandemic, it also brought forth Continue Reading

New Exhibition in SCRC – Looking Over Our Shoulder: The Cold War in American Culture

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I was extremely conscious of the fact that my country was locked in a contentious rivalry with the U.S.S.R., China, East Germany, Cuba, and the other, in my father’s words, “Godless communist” countries.  This struggle seemed to span all facets of life on Continue Reading

Processing from the Outside In: Processing Plan

Hello and welcome back to Processing from the Outside In, where I’ll be sharing with you updates from the James M. Buchanan papers processing project. It’s been six months since I’ve started working on the project, which means we’re one-quarter of the way finished! In my last blog post, I Continue Reading