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Planned Community Archives: Catherine A. Baum Digital Collection

Planned Community Archives: Catherine A. Baum Digital Collection

 

The Planned Community Archives: Catherine A. Baum Digital Collection is a core collection of materials drawn from the George Mason University Libraries’ Planned Community Archives (PCA) Collection. Items from the PCA collection were selected for inclusion into the Baum Digital Collection based upon historical relevance and visual/scholarly appeal. The selected items were digitized, and accompanying metadata was created to produce a searchable/browseable database of research materials.

The Planned Community Archives Collection, features manuscripts, photographs, posters, blueprints, artifacts, and other items of interest relating to the planned community or new town movement in general and Reston, Virginia in particular. The PCA Collection contains over 675 cubic feet of materials and date from 1960 to the present.

Catherine A. Baum, a 1981 Mason graduate in Management was president of the Washington division of Drees Homes. She has been a resident of Reston, Virginia for over 30 years. It is through the interest and generosity of Mrs. Baum and her husband Mark that the Planned Community Archives: Catherine A. Baum Digital Collection was made possible.

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