Wagner’s The Valkyries in Word, Art, and Sound

This post was written by Simone Hawkins, Research Services Assistant. In searching for something new to present on the subject of our July 23 #musicmonday post, I came across two wonderful and unusual books among the assortment of materials in the Special Collections Research Center, Fenwick Library. Both seemingly unrelated, they Continue Reading

From Espionage to Academia: The Hayden B. Peake Historical Intelligence Collection

This post was written by Mike Rynearson, Research Services Assistant. Mike has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Security from Duquesne University and is currently earning his Masters Degree in International Security from George Mason University. Almost all of us are familiar with the world of espionage and spycraft Continue Reading

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