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University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships

1969 Homecoming Queen Candace WilliamsThe University Archives of the George Washington University is pleased to invite applications for our University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year. These fellowships for research into GW history are open to any GW graduate or undergraduate students and are intended to support the discovery of untold stories of our community. Applicants will specify their own areas of research interest, which may include (but are not limited to) themes such as the history of women, African Americans, Latino/a students, religious life, veterans, students with disabilities, and LGBT individuals on campus throughout GW’s history. Each fellowship will come with a stipend of $2500.

The fellowships will provide support for students to spend two semesters in the University Archives conducting significant research on a GW diversity-related topic of their own design while guided by an approved faculty advisor. Researchers will use University Archives collections, including the historical GW Hatchet newspaper, records of the administration, departments, student organizations, Board of Trustees, photographs, and any supplementary resources outside of GW when necessary to examine the full record of diversity at GW. Staff members from Special Collections will orient students to the archives and serve as a resource to them throughout the project. The research period will begin in November 2014 and end in May 2015. Half of the award amount will be distributed in each semester. Fellows will be expected to produce a final project and share their research at a culminating public event in the late spring of 2015. 

 To apply, please submit:

1)    Research Statement (maximum 2 pages)
2)    Name and contact information of your GW faculty advisor
3)    A current resume 
4)    (Optional) A list of resources you have already identified in our collections or elsewhere that would be helpful to your research 

The research statement should address the relevance of the proposed research to the unique resources found in the University Archives collections. Faculty advisors should be aware of and supportive of the proposed research. Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult the website of the Special Collections Research Center for detailed descriptions of University Archives collections.

All application materials should be submitted electronically to Special Collections at by October 17, 2014. Your email should include the subject line “[Last Name] University Archives Diversity Research Fellowship Application.” Notifications of awards will be emailed to recipients by October 31, 2014. 

These fellowships are generously funded by an Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion grant from the GW Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Building and sustaining a diverse community is part of the university’s intellectual mission. We hope our fellowship recipients can support that mission by contributing to a more inclusive history of GW. 

Learning with Primary Sources at Gelman

Gelman's Special Collections is a great destination for teaching and learning with primary sources. This fall, Assistant Professor of Writing Phil Troutman came to Gelman to check out historic posters and political cartoons with his UW1020 class The Visual Past: Images in American History. Special Collections has also recently hosted classes studying geography, visual arts, and philosophy. For more information on primary sources in Special Collections, browse our archival collections by topic and our bibliographies, or email us at

Reading by Author Brando Skyhorse, Thursday September 11

Take This Man book coverThe GW English Department invites you to a reading by author Brando Skyhorse, PEN/Hemingway award-winning author of Take This Man and The Madonnas of Echo Park, on Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 pm in room 702 of Gelman. Skyhorse is the 2014 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-In-Washington at George Washington University.

New Collection: TV Critic and GW Professor Lawrence Laurent

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.

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 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:


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: and

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."