Collection in Focus: Egon Verheyen

A few months ago we received almost 550 books donated to us by Gwendolyn White in honor of her husband as part of the Egon Verheyen collection. Dr. Egon Verheyen was a GMU professor of Art History and named a Clarence J. Robinson professor of humanities at George Mason in 1987. He retired in January Continue Reading

The Forgotten African Americans in Colonial War

This post was written by Mahogani Harper, Research Services Assistant. Black History Month began from the moment the 13th amendment was added to the Constitution until today. Since that moment, Black Americans have continued to be sewn into every event or change occuring in the United States. With these finger Continue Reading

Gum Springs

This post was written by Mike Rynearson, Research Services Assistant. In this week’s blog, we spotlight Black History Month with one of our rare books that tell the incredible story of Gum Springs. Gum Springs is the oldest African American Community in Fairfax County, formally established in 1833. The founder Continue Reading

Happy 136th Birthday, Virginia Woolf!

Virginia Woolf is easily described as one of the greatest and most innovative writers of the English language. Woolf, born in England on January 25, 1882 was also a pioneer of feminist and experimental writing, being one of the first to ever write a novel in a stream-of-consciousness narrative voice. Continue Reading

Last Chance to See: Advances in Science, 1586-1999

We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.   Continue Reading