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The Special Collections Research Center participates in and supports time-based projects that leverage our local collections and related materials across other repositories.

Featured/recent projects:

In 2014, several important people who had worked on the Marion Barry 1978 mayoral campaign decided that capturing the memories of people who were part of the Barry campaign was essential to preserving history.  They recruited a dedicated core group to conduct the interviews and partnered with the Special Collections Research Center at The George Washington University to serve as the collection repository.  Use the Collection Guide to see a list of the intervewees and listen to the recordings and read the transcripts. All these files are also found in the Internet Archive using this link https://go.gwu.edu/marionbarryproject

  • GW President's Archival Research Project

In 2016, President Knapp's office funded a one-year project to increase and share basic historical knowledge about controversial and timely events in GW’s history. Topics related to slavery, race, and diversity were the project's focus, because those were often the least-well-documented subjects in the existing secondary literature and official histories of the university. The project produced two types of resources: in-depth articles with full citations to archival and other resources and summaries, which can be found on the GW Past website.

George Washington University's Special Collections Research Center and Africana Studies Program joined with five partner archives throughout the city to enhance access to previously unavailable research materials that document the history of the African diaspora in DC, the civil rights movements, the struggle for Home Rule, the rise of Black-owned businesses, the development of Howard University, slavery in the nation’s capital, jazz music in D.C., and the literary arts.  Made possible by a grant to the GW Libraries from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

The Special Collections Research Center collects and preserves material related to the Washington Writers' Archive. The collection focuses on Washington, D.C. writers and possesses a particular strength in the D.C. poetry community. Collection efforts include personal papers, published and unpublished works, publishing house records, and papers belonging to other writer organizations.

Explore past and present Digital Showcases that highlight GW Libraries' collections, services, and activities -- with a special focus on rare and unique materials from Special Collections. 

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