University Libraries Receives Grant to Process Rosenzweig Papers; Adds Morris Collection

Posted: October 28, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: October 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm

By Catherine Ferraro

The George Mason University Libraries received a generous grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to assist with the processing and cataloging of the Roy A. Rosenzweig Papers.

Rosenzweig, the late founder of the Center for History and New Media and Mason professor of history, pioneered the application of digital technology to advance the humanities. The collection documents his research and writing through articles, notes and correspondence, and also includes rare history and humanities periodicals.

“Although, sadly, Professor Rosenzweig is no longer with us, the grant will ensure that his papers are cataloged, preserved and readily accessible to future scholars,” says John Zenelis, university librarian.

“We are very grateful to the Delmas Foundation for their generosity in making this possible.”

In addition, the University Libraries recently acquired a collection of works by Jan Morris, a Welsh nationalist, historian, author and travel writer. The collection is a gift from Philip M. Teigen, a former deputy chief of the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine.

The collection of 136 titles includes nearly all of the first editions of Morris’ travel narratives as well as proof versions and editions with composition errors.

The collection also includes two signed Morris publications: a poster of the artwork that appears on the dust jacket of “Manhattan ’45” signed by Morris; and a copy of “Coronation Everest” signed by Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first individuals to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Morris, 84, was born a male and published under the name James Morris until the 1970s. She has written more than 40 books about her travels and is best known for the “Pax Britannica” trilogy, a history of the British Empire, and for portraits of cities such as Oxford, Venice, Wales, Hong Kong and New York City. Her most recent book titled “Contact! A Book of Encounters” offers glimpses of the people she met during her travels and was published in April 2010.

“This is a notable gift to the university and we are appreciative that Dr. Teigen chose Mason to give this rare collection and that more and more collectors are trusting Mason’s University Libraries with their collections,” says Zenelis.

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