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Faculty, Alumni and Student Collections

George Washington University's faculty, alumni and current students are crucial pillars of the GW community, defining campus culture, contributing important scholarship to their respective fields of study, making significant impacts in their chosen areas of work, and giving back to GW in many important ways over their lives.  Special Collections collects, preserves, and provides access to collections that preserve these contributions for future study.

Alumni and Student Collections

The GW University Archives collects materials from alumni and students that documents their experiences in unique ways. Although we already have runs of The Hatchet and The Cherry Tree, we welcome donations of materials such as photographs, scrapbooks, diaries and other materials from your student years. We are especially interested in collecting records from student groups and smaller student publications, past and present. Please contact the university archivist for additional information about donating your materials.

Records from a number of student organizations, as well as alumni can be requested for use in the Special Collections Research Center. In particular, the Office of Student Life records contain materials from a variety of student groups.

Requests for student transcripts should be directed to the GW Office of the Registrar.

Faculty Papers

The GW University Archives collects papers of faculty that reflect their teaching and administrative service at GW. In particular, we seek to collect:

  • A photograph and CV from every faculty member.
  • Syllabi and other records of curricular development at GW.
  • Records that document the significant work that faculty members do related to faculty governance, on university committees and task forces, and by serving in administrative roles.
  • We are also interested in documenting the scholarly work of past faculty when that work has been foundational or groundbreaking in their own field, or when the faculty has had significant impact or visibility beyond their own academic field. 

Current faculty may deposit their scholarly works through ScholarSpace. General information about ScholarSpace can be found here, and deposits may be made through the online deposit form.

Please contact the university archives for additional information about the types of materials we collect and how to contribute your papers to the archives.

A complete list of the faculty-related collections that are currently in the GW University Archives is available online.

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