Special Collections Department, Gelman Library records
Collection Scope and Content
Materials in this collection include signage for exhibits and events, gifts, proposed and rejected, statistics, correspondence, theses, projects, biographical information, notes, faculty authors' information, 143 slides on the history of GW libraries, 37 slides on the history of cheerleading, 33 slides on the history of the Elliott School of International Affairs, photographs, posters, 25th anniversaries of the Gelman Library, photographs and prints used in the World War II exhibit, oral history transcripts, photocopies of books, videotapes from the April 12, 1996 Symposium at GW on George Gamow, Baptist Church materials, bibliographies of faculty publications, accession records, and other exhibit materials including programs, postcards, labels, and videocasettes. One of the exhibits was to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the March on Washington and another exhibit was titled "The President's Physician: The Life And Legacy Of Dr. Janet G. Travell." The collection covers the years 1819 to 2014.
Formerly RG 17.3.4
- Creation: 1819-2014
Restrictions on Access
Some records may be restricted.
Restrictions on Use
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Historical or Biographical Note
Special materials was always a part of the University's library collections; however, it was not until 1973, and the opening of the Gelman Library, that the University's special materials were housed together in proper storage and service areas. Before the construction of the Lisner Library in 1939, many of the collections' rare books and materials were stored in Columbian House. After the completion of Lisner, they were transferred to a large vault on the fourth floor of the new library. When the Special Collections Division was set up in the Gelman Library, many rare items, long ago packed away, were brought to light. The Special Collections Department began in 1968 as part of the Lisner Library.
37.5 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Special materials was always a part of the University's library collections; however, it was not until 1973, and the opening of the Gelman Library, that the University's special materials were housed together in proper storage and service areas. Materials in this collection include publications on the Elliott School of International Affairs, the symposium at GW on George Gamow, Baptist Church materials, bibliographies of faculty publications. and other exhibit materials including programs, postcards, labels, and videocasettes.
Organized in 20 series: Proposed gifts; Statistics, correspondence, exhibit materials; Faculty Author program; Acquisitions; Exhibit files, Exhibit; Slides; Public programming; Photographs and posters; Faculty publications, Photographs, George Washington University; Transcripts, papers, correspondence; Exhibits and collections; Janet G. Travell exhibit; March on Washington exhibit, and Exhibits, Events, UA Records Management Program, and Diversity Fellowship student projects collection; Accession Records
Acquisition information for this accession is unavailable.
- Preliminary Guide to the Special Collections Department, Gelman Library records, 1819-2014
- Partially Processed
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English