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Teamsters Local 544Come explore the inner workings of the Teamsters and see how unions operate and negotiate. The Special Collections Research Center holds an impressive collection of American labor history materials, featuring the records of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In 2013, the Teamsters transferred 160 boxes of materials here from Local 544 of Minnesota, including documents describing working agreements, proceedings and decisions of grievance hearings, and individual complaints.

This collection also includes correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, handbooks, constitutions, by-laws, rosters, ledgers, brochures and pamphlets, photographs, and ephemera dating from 1930-2013. You can browse the finding aid for the Teamsters Local 544 records, and ask for more information here in Special Collections.

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Yehuda Nir It is with great sadness that the GW Libraries acknowledge the passing of Dr. Yehuda Nir. Dr. Nir was a well-respected psychiatrist with a specialty in counseling patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. His life as a Holocaust survivor moved him to pursue this line of work and inspired him to write The Lost Childhood: The Complete Memoir, which details the years that Nir and his family spent seeking safety from Nazi persecution.

Dr. Nir and his wife, Dr. Bonnie Maslin, a GW alumna and member of the GW Libraries Development Advisory Council, have been longtime supporters of the Kiev Judaica Collection and an exhibit hall in Gelman Library bears their name.  The GW Libraries remain inspired by Dr. Nir’s resilience, determination, and commitment to making a difference in the world.  Read more about Dr. Nir in the New York Times article celebrating his life.

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Read any good Washington fiction lately? There’s nothing like recognizing familiar streets and landmarks in a tale from another time.

For recommendations on 100 years of D.C. novels, check out Special Collections’ Bibliography of D.C. Fiction, featuring such memorable titles as the satire Senator Solomon Spiffledink, the mystery Epitaph for a Lobbyist, and even a first edition of The Exorcist (you knew it was a book first, right?) Even better, explore the collaborative book mapping project DC by the Book -- a project of the DC Public Library -- and download the app to search for and add your own D.C. fiction to the map.

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Catalog makeover

The GW Libraries catalog is getting a makeover for the Fall semester!  A sneak preview (beta test) is available now by selecting the "Catalog" tab above the search box and then clicking "see our new look!"

You can help us by trying it out early and reporting any questions or problems you encounter.  New features will be added throughout the summer.  Search tips for power users are available to replicate "advanced search" options (i.e. search by title or author) until those features are added. 

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Special Collections Resources at Wikipedia Edit-a-thonby Elizabeth Settoducato
Gelman Communications Assistant
GW Class of 2015 (Women's Studies & Classical Studies)

“Don’t use Wikipedia.” “You can’t trust what you read on Wikipedia; anyone can edit it!” “Wikipedia isn’t real research.” I’ve heard similar caveats from elementary school through college. But attending Wikimedia DC’s Wikipedia editathon in Gelman Library complicated those one-sided warnings, and taught me a great deal about Wikipedia’s potential for collaborative research and community outreach.  

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