New and Updated Finding Aids

Hello one and all! It’s that time again – finding aid time! The following are new and updated finding aids that you can access on our website. Though our reading room is currently closed, you can still access some of these items digitally!

Daniel Monson World War II aviation collection

This collection was processed by SCRC Archival Intern Jared Nistler. Images digitized by Amanda Brent.

“The collection contains documents, pamphlets, manuals, notebooks, projector slides, and other memorabilia related to Daniel Monson’s service in the United States Army Air Forces. Most notably, the collection contains military records, aviation training materials, a leather unit patch, a map of France, and 35mm projector slides. Additionally, there are artifacts related to Corinne Richter Monson, Daniel Monson’s wife who served in the Marine Corps Womens Reserve.”

Ronald J. Fisher papers

This collection was processed by Processing Student Assistant Chris Babbitt.

“Dr. Ronald J. Fisher was a prominent figure and contributor to the field of Conflict Resolution. He started his career at the University of Saskatchewan in the early 1970s, working as a Professor of Social Psychology with a specialization in Conflict Resolution…Later, he worked at a variety of institutions, including the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, as a visiting professor…Dr. Fisher actively participated in conferences and workshops with a variety of people in the Conflict Resolution field. He researched and conducted workshops on the crises in countries like Cyprus and Sudan to find a peaceful end to their civil strife. Dr. Fisher also hosted and contributed to a variety of peace groups and non-governmental organizations, such as the United States Institute of Peace and the Institute of World Affairs, what is now the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

“This collection contains materials from Dr. Ronald J. Fisher’s entire professional life, from the late 1960s to the mid 2010s. His work covers a wide array of topics, from domestic conflict resolution, training and consultation, and international disputes such as ones in Cyprus and Sudan. Some materials also have French translations. Content includes items from workshops, conferences, books, journal articles, professional correspondence, and materials from various peace groups/non-governmental organizations.”

Doug Nelms photographs

This collection was processed by Processing Student Assistant Chris Babbitt.

“George Mason University, previously George Mason College, was founded as a satellite campus of the University of Virginia in 1957. With limited resources, the college began to offer the first two years of liberal arts degrees, pre-engineering programs, and some advanced language and science courses in 1966. The campus was still in its infancy when Doug Nelms became a student there. George Mason College only hosted the North, East, South, and West buildings, while the original Fenwick library was still being built. It gained independency in 1972, becoming a full four-year school. Nevertheless, the small campus and small student body functioned as a normal college, hosting many clubs and parties…[The collection contains p]hotos of the earliest days of George Mason University, previously known as George Mason College, taken by yearbook photographer Doug Nelms.”

Virginia Lampe papers

This collection was reprocessed by Processing Student Assistant Chris Babbitt.

“Virginia Lampe actively served on several local hospital and mental health boards in Virginia…She also served on regional planning committees in several counties…as an advocate of mental health and “mental retardation” services for children. She also worked as the campaign chairwoman for Joel T. Broyhill, who served Northern Virginia’s 10th Congressional District from 1953-1974…Lampe’s husband, Henry, was also involved in area politics, including serving in the Virginia General Assembly. This collection contains materials pertaining to Virginia Lampe’s career as a community activist and advocate of mental health…as well as relating to her time Congressman Joel Broyhill’s campaign as chairwoman. The materials include task-force reports and meeting minutes for the numerous mental health and regional planning boards on which she served.”

Mary Walton Livingston papers

This collection was processed by SCRC Intern Jared Nistler.

“Mary Walton Livingston was an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a founding member of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill in Alexandria, and a community advocate for integration and equal education for African American students. Livingston was born in Fairfax, VA in 1914 and attended Fairfax County public schools throughout most of her childhood before graduating from the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., and heading off to Sweet Briar College at age 17. After her college graduation, Livingston returned to Fairfax to work for the county’s Chamber of Commerce and then joined NARA. At age 23, she became president of the local chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Club…Committed to the idea of integration and equal education for African-American students, Livingston worked on biracial church and PTA groups to keep the public schools operating during the period of resistance to court-ordered desegregation in the late 1950s. In 1951, she was honored by the Fairfax branch of the NAACP with a certificate for her efforts. The Mary Walton Livingston papers contain materials related to Livingston’s work largely dealing with the desegregation of schools in Alexandria, VA and Northern Virginia in the 1950s and early 1960s. It includes news clippings, notes, correspondence, and programs.”

Charles Lietwiler Transportation collection

This collection was processed by Processing Student Assistant Chris Babbitt.

“Charles J. Lietwiler…earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1955, and a Master of Arts degree in Business Administration in Transportation from the George Washington University in 1966. Lietwiler served as a regional transit planner throughout his professional career. Within the D.C. Metropolitan area, he held various positions with the federal government, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Metropolitan Planning Association. Lietwiler also worked with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission where he served as the Senior Transportation Planner beginning in 1965. He took part in the Airlie conferences in 1967, where local officials and transit experts created the D.C. Metro system. Lietwiler performed research for the U.S. Army Reserve Transportation Railway Service, and was an amateur photographer and filmmaker. This collection contains Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) materials relating to the foundation and construction of the Metro, information regarding American and international mass transit systems, and photographs taken by Charles Lietwiler.”

Banner image: Detail from “Daniel Monson standing with his brother Roy Monson in front of a directional sign,” 1944, Daniel Monson World War II aviation collection, C0323, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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