Category Archives: Exhibits

Passion and Political Know-How: Elections at UMW

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This post was written by Maddie Quick, our fall semester Exhibits Intern. Thanks Maddie!

Today is Election Day, and the opening of the exhibit, Passion and Political Know-How: Elections at UMW. As this semester’s Exhibits intern for Special Collections and University Archives, I have been researching and designing this exhibit, highlighting the important Presidential and Congressional elections that sparked political rallies and the participation of student clubs at UMW. Through the years many political figures have visited the University, and several professors have served as both educator and politician, imparting the importance of politics. My exhibit explores student participation in politics and demonstrates that UMW has a strong history as steward to a body of politically-savvy students and politically-passionate professors.

As I created the exhibit, I enjoyed comparing the past and the present effect of elections on UMW. It’s intriguing to see how the student body has changed over the last 100 years while student involvement during election years has always remained high.

Here are a few of my favorite images used in the exhibit from the University Archives.

Students attend a political rally in the Lee Hall Ballroom for the 1964 Barry Goldwater vs. Lyndon Johnson election.

Students attend a political rally in the Lee Hall Ballroom for the 1964 Barry Goldwater vs. Lyndon Johnson election.

Election posters image from the Young Republicans Scrapbook, 1968-1969. Special Collections & University Archives

Election posters on campus from the Young Republicans Scrapbook, 1968-69. Special Collections and University Archives

The exhibit will be on display through January 31, second floor, Simpson Library – stop by and visit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 8, 2016

Founder’s Day

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Today is Founder’s Day for the University of Mary Washington! The day back in 1908 when legislation was passed to create the Fredericksburg Normal and Industrial School for Women.

It’s also the day in 1949 (at the 41st Founder’s Day) when former President Edward H. Russell was presented the “official” shovel used to first break ground at Mary Washington. This shovel eventually was transferred to the University Archives’ artifact collection and is now on permanent display in the Library lobby along with other historical UMW memorabilia.

Shovel used to first break ground for UMW.

Shovel used to first break ground for UMW.

So before this 108th Founder’s Day ends, stop by Simpson Library and see this piece of UMW’s history.

March 14, 2016

Reflections from our Exhibits Intern

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This post was written by Julia Jin, our Special Collections and University Archives exhibit intern. Thanks Julia!

As the Exhibitions Intern at the University of Mary Washington’s Special Collections and University Archives, I worked with Carolyn Parsons, the Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, and other great professors across different departments to design, research, and construct exhibitions this semester.

The first exhibition I worked on was for the Library Grant from the Institute of Turkish Studies, awarded to Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti, professor from the History Department. With some help from Dr. Al-Tikriti, I filled the exhibition cases (the two larger cases at the front entrance of the Simpson Library) with objects, books, and images all pertaining to Turkish studies with the focus being on the content available from the books that the library was able to purchase through this grant.

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Institute for Turkish Studies Book Grant Exhibit

Institute for Turkish Studies Book Grant Exhibit

The second exhibition I worked on was for Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, with Dr. Marcelo Fajardo-Cardenas, professor from the Spanish Department. For this exhibition, I was able to gather a number of materials to construct a mock altar in celebration for this holiday. Included in the altar were sugar skulls (one was actually from Mexico!), candles, salt, water, marigolds, and the image of Guadalupe. Each item has a meaning behind it, all in honor of the dead. Accompanying the altar were books and various images, sourced from UMW Libraries.

Dia de los Muertos Exhibit

Dia de los Muertos Exhibit

Lastly, I wrote the label text for the silver objects in the display case at the front entrance of Simpson Library. Based on previously researched information, I selected the content that I thought would be important to include on the labels. To see these objects up close without the case was truly an experience that would not have happened if I did not have this internship. As a senior graduating this fall, I felt that this experience was timed perfectly to culminate at the end of my college career.

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UMW's Historical Artifacts

UMW’s Historical Artifacts

December 16, 2015

Summer Exhibit

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The current temp at lunch-time today is a high of 93 degrees – not the coolest of summers in Fredericksburg. With the heat and humidity in mind, Special Collections and University Archives staff decided to focus on a “summer” theme for our current exhibit.  The exhibit, Summers at Mary Washington, showcases summer activities through the decades, including sports, summer school, orientation, Move-in Day, and Reunion Weekend. Some of the “coolest “ photographs on display are the ever popular outdoor pool photos from the 1940s.

Nine students at the outdoor swimming pool, 1945

Nine students at the outdoor swimming pool, 1945.

My personal favorites are the early summer session academic catalogs. The 1921 catalog informs students that when they arrive at the wharf or depot, they are to “take a jitney to the Normal School.” Summer School in the1920s was a six weeks session offering teaching certificates for first and second grade and the Elementary Professional Certificate. The Great Chatauqua came to campus mid-summer for one “joyous week, presenting a varied and magnificent series of programs.” Room and board for the full summer session was only $30.00, and tuition was free!

So as the temperatures continue to rise outside, stop by and take a break in the cool, air-conditioned Library. The exhibit, Summers at Mary Washington, is located on the second floor of Simpson Library and will be on display through early September.

 

 

August 17, 2015

The 25th Anniversary of the Multicultural Fair

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This post was written by Kayleigh Barbee, the spring 2015 Special Collections and University Archives student intern.  Thanks Kayleigh!

The Official Flyer for the 25th Annual Multicultural Fair

Flyer for the 25th Annual Multicultural Fair

A project that I worked on and completed during my internship in Special Collections and University Archives this semester is an exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Multicultural Fair.

I spent the first days of my internship looking through print and online collections in the University Archives to find materials relating to the Multicultural Fair, such as school newspaper articles and Fair schedules. I then visited The James Farmer Multicultural Center to see what items they could loan us and obtained past programs, a beautiful quilt, and T-shirts to use in the exhibit.

The next step was narrowing down the objects I would use in the exhibit and sketching a mock display. The final stage of this project was to select physical objects out of the Special Collections and University Archives, organize them into the display case, and create text labels. This project was fascinating, because I was able to learn so much about one of the most popular events held on campus and about the wide range of objects stored in Special Collections and University Archives.

This exhibit is located in the Simpson Library second floor display cases in front of the central stairs and will be on display through the middle of June.

April 10, 2015

Now Open: the Convergence Gallery

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We are pleased to announce the official launch of the Convergence Gallery, our new exhibit space in UMW’s Information and Technology Convergence Center! This area, located at the intersection of Simpson Library and the ITCC, holds kiosks with interactive digital exhibits featuring content from Special Collections and University Archives. Our goal in building the Convergence Gallery is to create a collaborative exhibition space that engages visitors with materials from the Library’s collections while also providing a platform for UMW students and faculty to showcase their own digital projects. Please contact us at archives@umw.edu if you have ideas for future exhibits or would like to contribute digital content to be featured on the kiosks.

Here is a preview of UMW Libraries: A History, 1911-Today, one of our current exhibits. Please come visit the Convergence Gallery to view our other interactive exhibits and to see what’s new!

March 12, 2015