Library Receives Historian’s Personal Book Collection

Posted: September 7, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The personal library of J. Russell Major, a history professor at Emory University, has been donated to George Mason University Libraries by Blair Rogers Major, wife of the late professor. The gift consists of approximately 700 volumes, most on the subject of French and European history in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. One of the most interesting items is a multi-volume collection of writings and sources on the French national assemblies, which were published in 1789 in Paris on the eve of the French Revolution.

Mack Holt, History and Art History, was instrumental in bringing the collection to George Mason. As one of Major’s doctoral students at Emory in the early 1980s, Holt remained close to the couple.

“This fine collection will immediately strengthen our holdings in early modern European history,” says Holt. “Moreover, this will allow us to better serve our students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. No longer will they have to go to Georgetown University or the Library of Congress for rare materials in French history.”

“This very fine scholarly collection assembled by an eminent scholar such as professor Major will significantly strengthen George Mason’s European history holdings, particularly our retrospective imprint materials,” says John Zenelis, University Librarian.

The gift is currently being cataloged and added to the Fenwick Library collection.

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