The 19th Amendment: A History of Women’s Rights at JMU

By Fiona Wirth JMU Libraries is pleased to present the sixth Dressing for Education exhibit collaboration between Special Collections and the JMU Historic Clothing Collection. This exhibit celebrates the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment’s ratification and explores the civic engagement of women on campus through artifacts, manuscripts, and clothing. The 19th Amendment: A History of Women’s Rights at JMU is free and open to the public during all library hours in the historic west wing of Carrier Library now through Spring 2020. This exhibit was curated by Julia Merkel ‘92M and Pamela Schuelke Johnson ‘90M with the assistance of Madison Whitesell ‘17, Ashley Roth ‘17, Fiona Wirth ‘18, Matthew Perkins ‘18, and Renessa Rabenda ‘21. As a student assistant for Special Collections and Preservation, I was incredibly involved behind the scenes in the research, writing, and curation of this exhibit. My introduction to the exhibit process began in Summer 2017, a year after planning had already begun by previous assistants. While a basic outline had been organized and rudimentary background research formatted, I was tasked with perusing resources to configure the best examples with which to pursue our narrative. In researching the history of women’s civic engagement at Continue reading The 19th Amendment: A History of Women’s Rights at JMU

Color Our Collections – February 5-9, 2018

Join us for the Color Our Collections event, February 5-9, 2018! Led by The New York Academy of Medicine, the event invites you to download images from library and cultural institution collections, color them, and share them on social media using the event hashtag #ColorOurCollections. Download a PDF of coloring pages sourced from JMU publications held by JMU Special Collections by clicking on the image below:  

Nancy Bondurant Jones: Shenandoah Legend

On Wednesday, December 13th, the Shenandoah Valley lost a beloved member of the community. Nancy Bondurant Jones was a well-known author throughout the Valley, and she leaves a unique mark on all that either read her work or had the pleasure of working with her to inspire the next generations. Selena St. Andre, Special Collections Student Assistant, has been working all semester to process a recent addition to the papers of Nancy Bondurant Jones held in Special Collections. Selena wrote this tribute, and update about her work on the collection.

Unearthing the Past through Pop-Ups

by Jen LeMay As a kid I always found the world an amazing mysterious place full of people in the present and made from the past. Today I’m an archaeologist intent on exploring and bringing to light those lives of the past, the cultures they come from and their everyday life. More specifically I’m fascinated by the Mediterranean-Ancient Greece & Rome, the great pharaohs that ruled the lands of Egypt, the Alexandrian Library, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, etc. While interning with James Madison University’s Special Collections & Preservation team, I’ve had the opportunity to pursue my passion in a very unique way. Recently my colleague, Fiona Wirth, and I have gotten to inventory a large collection of pop-up books in preparation for cataloging; pop-up books are full of interactive movement, pulling tabs, lifting flaps, spinning rotating volvelle wheels, and of course seeing images pop up in 3-D before your eyes—paper magic. However, not all are for kids as you might imagine. Behold my favorite, “Ancient Rome: Monuments Past & Present” by archaeologist R.A Staccioli and translated into English by H. Garrett. This is not a normal pop-up book though, as it only has clear overlaid sheets that help reconstruct what Continue reading Unearthing the Past through Pop-Ups