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In 1959, National Education Association Regional Vice-President Allan M. West visited the Soviet Union to evaluate its educational system. He was only one of 7000 US citizens to visit the communist country that year. He made the trip so he could evaluate first-hand the Soviet educational system. The NEA Collection, housed in Gelman Library's Special Collections, contains records and photographs from that trip. Here we see some schoolchildren posing for the camera.

Russian Schoolchildren

Unfortunately, the pictures have no context, so we do not know which city these were taken in. The files do include a daily itinerary of West's travels, which included Poland before travelling to the Ukraine and then on to Russia proper. Along the way he was able to interview education officials and individual teachers, to get a sense of what the life was like for a teacher in the USSR. On October 9, he arrived in Moscow and photographed Red Square. You can see more photos here.

Red SquareHe had a chance to visit with officials of the Soviet Union's Trade Union of Education, Higher Education and Scientific Establishments. From this meeting, reports on statistics and anecdotes of daily life for teachers in the USSR were produced. From this report, we learn that teachers were paid 10 rubles a day, and received a 10% raise every five years. The entire enrollment is Russia in 1959 was 31,500,000 students. Most striking was that teachers in the country taught classes in 66 different languages, 40 of which were not written languages.

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GW Libraries Recognized for Exemplary ProgramGW Libraries have been recognized by the Association of College & Research Libraries as an "Exemplary Program" for "Information Literacy Best Practices" in the category of "Collaboration."  This honor acknowledges the libraries' innovative work with the University Writing Program and the great results of that collaboration for GW students.  Read more about about this award on the "Exemplary Programs" website.

ACRL Model Program Badge

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Student Liaison Ronella RosenbergRonella Rosenberg
GW Libraries 2014-2015 Student Liaison

B.A. Speech and Hearing Candidate, 2015

email: Ronella5@gwu.edu
office: Gelman Library, Room 220 (beside The Writing Center)
office hours: Sundays from 9-10pm

The Student Liaison helps to keep the library connected to student library users.  Ronella is here for you when you have complaints, concerns, or questions.  Email her at Ronella5@gwu.edu or drop by her office on Sunday nights between 9-10pm.

 

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Special Collections is pleased to announce a new collection from former GW faculty member Lawrence Laurent, a prominent D.C. radio and television critic. The collection contains course material from Laurent’s time in the Journalism and Media and Public Affairs departments, as well as speeches, correspondence, and photographs from his career as a critic for The Washington Post.

In this photograph from November of 1955, Laurent (left) is pictured with World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano at boxing promoter Goldie Ahearn’s Washington, D.C. restaurant. Marciano was the only boxer to go untied and undefeated while holding the world heavyweight title. For more information on this collection, you can browse the finding aid for the Lawrence Laurent papers.

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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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