Forty-eight yearbooks chronicling the history of George Mason University have been added to our digital collections! Thanks to the WRLC Yearbook Project, all of our hardbound yearbooks are scanned and online. The yearbooks date from 1965 to 2012 and are fully searchable. To search the text of all of the yearbooks, go to the Yearbook collection page, and click the “Catalog Data & text in Documents” button before entering your search term.
Screenshot with arrow indicating the “Catalog Data & text in Documents” button above the search box.
Each yearbook with the search term in it will appear. Clicking on a yearbook will show all the pages where the search term appears. This should make searching for alumni, events, and professors in the yearbooks convenient and easy!
Screenshot with the search term “library” highlighted both in the yearbook, and on the right-hand side.
GM View, the video yearbook, is also available online through the Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS).
Both digital versions are also available through the GMU Yearbook collection finding aid.
A few weeks ago SC&A prepared a presentation on the history of the Arlington campus as part of a celebration and open house for the latest addition to the campus: Founders Hall. While Mason as a whole has a rather brief history, the acquisition and development of the Arlington campus is quite interesting and an important milestone in the University’s growth and increased prestige on the national stage.
Founded in 1979, the Arlington Campus began as the home to GMU’s School of Law. Since that time the campus has changed dramatically and now houses world-class programs such as the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the School of Public Policy. The original goal of the campus was to be the home of the law school and other programs that complement legal studies.
The School of Law figures prominently in the history of the Arlington Campus. GMU acquired the International School of Law in 1979 which would become the school we know today.
See the video of our presentation here:
The Story of GMU’s Arlington Campus