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Digital Collections and Services

The Digital Services unit is part of the Special Collections Research Center and deeply engaged in cross-departmental projects. GW Libraries’ digital services are focused on the development and implementation of ethical and sustainable digital collections. Digital services staff support the accession, preservation, discovery, and use of born digital resources and web archives. 

See more about our preservation capabilities in the Digital Stewardship Services Catalog and learn about our Web Archives program here. 

Digital Collections

Below are links to our digital collections grouped by theme. Most of the digital collections are accessible through the Internet Archive and you may find these instructions for searching GW collections in the Internet Archive helpful.

From the University Archives

From manuscript collections

Popular Collections

  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) (Internet Archive) - Images taken by WMATA photographer Larry Levine that document the construction and planning of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority metrorail system. 
  • GWU Publications (Internet Archive) - Official publications of George Washington University, Columbia College, Mount Vernon, and the other schools and programs that today constitute the University. 
  • GWU Student Publications (Internet Archive) - Publications of the students of George Washington University, along with the historical schools and colleges that have merged with it. 
  • Corcoran Images (Flickr) - Sample of images from the vast photographic materials in the archives of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design. 
  • Corcoran Documents (Internet Archive) - Selected documents from the archives of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design. For more information, please consult the collection inventories for the Corcoran.
  • Winston Churchill Engagement Diaries (Internet Archive) - Daily activities and appointments of Winston Churchill during World War II, as recorded in his monthly engagement diaries (calendars), September 1939 through June 1945.
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters records, 1905-1952 (GW ScholarSpace) - International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America records, including correspondence files of the executive office from 1904-1952, with the majority the material originating in the 1940s. Included with the correspondence are reports, minutes, clippings, transcripts of government hearings and decisions, legal briefs, and copies of local union by-laws. The material details the union's initial struggles for existence and unity, its jurisdictional disputes, growth in membership and influence, changes in organizing and bargaining techniques and in the trucking and transportation industries, and the increasing strength and political involvement of the labor movement nationally.
  • Teamsters films that have been digitized. These films cover conventions, rallies, political speakers, and advertisements as far back as World War 2. James R. Hoffa, James P. Hoffa, Dave Beck, Weldon Mathis, other IBT leaders and notable figures, and politicians appear in the videos.
  • Washington, DC Statehood Constitutional Convention records (Internet Archive) - Transcript of the District of Columbia Statehood Constitution Convention, February 9, 1982 to May 29, 1982
  • Marion Barry 1978 Campaign Oral History Project (Internet Archive) - Oral histories (audio, transcripts, video) of people involved in the Marion Barry campaign for mayor in 1978, conducted between 2015 and 2018
  • Washington Metro Oral History Project (Internet Archive) - Oral histories (audio, transcripts) conducted by Dr. Zachary Schrag, a professor at George Mason University, as research for his dissertation on the history of WMATA
  • National Education Association Oral Histories (Internet Archive) - Oral histories conducted by Vakil Smallen, between January 19th and May 5th, 2017
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Oral Histories (Internet Archive) - Oral histories (audio, transcripts) conducted by Jerome Barrett beginning in 1983. Among those interviewed are numerous former FMCS directors. Interview topics include biographical information, the organization and operation of the FMCS, and personal accounts of important labor disputes, including the U.S. Postal Strike of 1970.
  • Timothy Vedder Letters (Internet Archive) - Timothy Vedder was a Union soldier from New York, stationed at Camp Douglas in Washington, D.C. and at Arlington Heights, Va. The collection contains holograph letters signed to family members in New York and Connecticut. Describes Washington, including brief mention of Columbian College (now George Washington University); drills and training; frequent illness of soldiers; retreat of Union soldiers from 1st Battle of Bull Run; and guarding house of brother of James T. Jackson, killer of E.E. Ellsworth, first Union casualty of war.

Legacy Collections

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