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Teamsters Local 544 records

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.

Required Summer Reading: D.C. Fiction

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.

Change in Special Collections Public Service Hours

Clock image by Flickr user nicksarebiThe Special Collections Research Center will no longer be offering Wednesday evening public service hours. Our new hours are 10am - 5pm Monday through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment.

A New Exhibit: Building Strong Minds

There is a new exhibit on the 7th floor of Gelman Library in the hallway outside of Room 702. The exhibit is titled Building Strong Minds: The NEA's American Education Week. It is a selection of posters created by the National Education Association and/or their partner organization the Future Educators Association. The dates range from 1931 through 1981 and offer a variety of styles and themes. They were created as promotional material for the American Education Week (AEW), intended to generate public support for public education.

The first AEW took place in 1921 and have been held every year since. The activities are arranged and organized by local school districts. Events take place inside schools and serve to recognize schools' staff, involve parents and reach out to the community about the value of education. Every year follows a theme. Many times in the past, the theme has been chosen to address a new challenge the country was facing: the Great Depression, the Space Race, the Civil Rights Movement and globalization among others. The posters reflect America's growing realization as it faced these challenges that education is a right for all its citizens and essential to the nation's success.

Now Accepting Applications for the Kiev Judaica Collection Research Fellowship

Kiev Judaica CollectionThe Special Collections Research Center of The George Washington University Libraries is pleased to invite applications to the biennial Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

The Fellowship Program provides a stipend for short-term research and writing at the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, housed in the Kiev Room of the Gelman Library. Applicants for the Fellowship Program must be conducting research in the field of 18th-20th century Jewish history, Hebrew literature, Jewish art or Hebrew booklore. Candidates may come from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, Graphic Arts, History, Religion, Comparative Literature, Bibliography or any relevant area of Judaic Studies. 

 

The Kiev Judaica Collection Research Fellowship will be awarded to a graduate or post-graduate researcher, academic or independent scholar, with a stipend of $2,500.

 

Applicants must submit a letter together with a research proposal (max. 4 pages) outlining the scope of their project and indicating those materials from the Kiev Collection and/or other Judaica collections in the Special Collections Research Center which may be relevant to their research. (A summary of research is required upon completion of the fellowship.)  Applicants should also submit two letters of support, preferably from academic colleagues. For graduate and doctoral students, one of the letters must be from a dissertation advisor.

Download a fellowship application at https://library.gwu.edu/sites/default/files/scrc_blog/Kiev%20Fellowship%20Application_0.pdf or request to have one sent via postal mail. A PDF of this fellowship announcement is available here. The deadline for submission of applications is July 18, 2014. Inquiries and application materials should be forwarded to:

 

Ms. Sylvia Augusteijn, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Libraries, 2130 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052, e-mail: sdwa@gwu.edu

 

The I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection was established in 1996 by Dr. Ari and Phyllis Kiev with the donation of the private library of Dr. Kiev’s father, Rabbi I. Edward Kiev (1905-1975), one of the preeminent Judaica librarians of the 20th century.  In 1998, the Kiev Room was dedicated to house the collection – along with supplementary collections of Jewish graphic art, archives, printed and recorded music, ephemera, artifacts and ritual objects - and to provide a reading room for researchers. 

For further information on the Kiev Collection and related Judaica collections in the Gelman Library, see:  http://library.gwu.edu/collections/kiev and https://www.facebook.com/IEdwardKievJudaicaCollection.

Digital DC: Students Write the History of Foggy Bottom

On Monday, May 12, Professor Christopher Klemek, his students in History 2020, and Special Collections Public Services and Outreach Librarian Jennifer Kinniff publicly unveiled DigitalDC, an interactive website telling the story of Foggy Bottom through documents, images, and oral histories.

The project was the culmination of the students' semester-long research project, making use of the resources at Gelman's Special Collections Research Center as well as numerous other archives around the city. Read more about the website, the students, and Professor Klemek's class in the recent GW Today article "DigitalDC Brings Washington Alive at the Click of a Mouse."

Labor History Research Center Hosts Progressive Student Union Program on Wage Theft

The Teamsters Labor History Research Center hosted a Progressive Student Union program on wage theft on April 24, 2014. Hannah Kane, an employment justice organizer for the Employment Justice Center, led the program, describing various forms of wage theft such as improperly logged hours, unpaid overtime, tips theft, working off the clock and paying less than minimum wage. She also addressed where wage theft mainly takes place: in security and construction jobs, and in restaurant and cleaning work. The group of students in attendance then broke into smaller groups to discuss the cases of five victims of wage theft, covering questions such as which of the worker’s rights were violated, was the worker successful in demanding his or her rights, and is the employer incentivized or deincentivized to continue to commit wage theft? The larger group then reassembled to report out on the smaller group discussions.

May Collection of the Month: Kelly Photographs of Washington

postcard of CapitolSpecial Collections is home to a remarkable D.C. image collection, containing thousands of slides, photographs and postcards of buildings and street scenes from 1856 to 1983, all assembled by longtime Washingtonian Charles Suddarth Kelly (1920-2008).

As an early television production manager for stations in the city after World War II, Kelly assembled a personal collection of original and copy photographs starting in 1945, focusing on landmark sites and panoramas, views of buildings, neighborhoods, and parks.

Anyone researching changes in Washington over time will find interesting material here, including buildings now gone and neighborhoods that seem unrecognizable a century later. Take a look at the finding aid online, and then come browse the collection in person here at Special Collections!

 

A New Exhibit: Our Future Goes to School Today

There is a new exhibit up on Omeka. It is a narrative history of American education told through images and anecdotes from the National Education Association collection held in Gelman Library. It includes pictures of teachers, students and schools throughout the 20th century, putting a face on one hundred years of public education. Though the exhibit has only a few pictures, there are tens of thousands more in the collection. If you find these images interesting, you can see more by visiting Gelman Library's Special Collections Research Center. 

http://exhibits.library.gwu.edu/exhibits/show/nea-exhibit

 

Diversity at GW: Students Present Research from the University Archives

Diversity at GWPlease join us on Wednesday, April 23 from 4-5:30 in Gelman Library, room 702 for a presentation by the four recipients of our first ever University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships. The students will discuss their research into the history of veterans, service workers, international students, and the Columbian Women organization at GW. Each student has spent many hours digging deep into the University Archives and interviewing individuals with stories to share. They are eager to share the unique histories of these groups and to describe how their experiences have shaped our present day GW community. Refreshments to follow.

For a preview of student Eden Orelove's work on the Columbian Women, see this recent GW Today article.

The University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships were generously funded by an Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion grant from the GW Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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