January 27, 2022

George Washington University’s National Churchill Library and Center Opens at Gelman Library

From GWU Library:


Source: Gelman Library/George Washington University Web Site

The first research facility in the nation’s capital dedicated to the study of Winston Churchill opened last week at the National Churchill Library and Center at the George Washington University’s Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library. The opening coincides with the International Churchill Conference, presented by the International Churchill Society. University President Steven Knapp also received the Winston Churchill National Leadership Award presented at the U.S. State Department during the conference.

“The Churchill family is proud that Sir Winston Churchill will have a place in the heart of your nation’s capital that will stand as a permanent reminder of the great years when Great Britain and the United States stood together,” said Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of Winston Churchill. “Churchill’s cause of freedom and liberty is something that strikes a chord not only in the United States but also in all the freedom loving nations of the world.”


Geller noted the center’s links to Churchill organizations including the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge; The Churchill War Rooms, London; Chartwell; Blenheim Palace and the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College, Missouri.

The new director of the National Churchill Library and Center, historian Michael F. Bishop, is charged with establishing partnerships and programming. Mr. Bishop is a longtime member and now executive director of the International Churchill Society and has written extensively on Mr. Churchill and other historical subjects.


The Gelman Library and new National Churchill Library and Center will educate new generations about Mr. Churchill and will serve as a classroom and meeting space for public programs and lectures highlighting the historical significance of Mr. Churchill and the values that he represented: global citizenship, international collaboration and leadership. The center will forge partnerships around the world and work closely with other schools and programs at GW, including the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Elliott School of International Affairs, the School of Media and Public Affairs, and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Affairs.

The center includes event and research space, an interactive digital exhibition on Mr. Churchill, select books about the British leader and a director’s suite.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to open this center, which will foster new scholarship on Winston Churchill’s multifaceted life and times,” said Geneva Henry, dean of the George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation. “The National Churchill Library and Center will use Churchill as a lens to encourage critical thinking for the next generation of citizen leaders.”

Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to National Churchill Library and Center Website

Digital Collection

Direct to Digitized Engagement Diaries of Winston Churchill (via GWU)


George Washington University’s Gelman Library to House Winston Churchill’s World War II Engagement Diary (December 16, 2015)

Winston Churchill Library To Be Created at George Washington University (January 20, 2012)

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