GMU Arlington Campus History

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

Atkins finding aid available for Subject Print Subseries

The first subseries of the revised Oliver F. Atkins photograph collection is now available. The subjects cover life in Washington, D.C. (particularly John F. Kennedy and family in the late 1950s and early 1960s), American social and political issues, countries in Africa, the Korean War, and even our very own George Mason University. We hope to add the rest of the print series to the finding aid very soon. Currently, the processing work has shifted to the vast amount of negatives in the collection, many of which were used to create the prints. So think of the print series as merely a sample of the tens of thousands of images contained in the negatives.

View of Trinity Church in New York City taken from an adjacent building (August 1952) Oliver F. Atkins Photograph Collection, C0036, Box 3, Folder 13. ©SEPS

Oliver Atkins (left) and Norman Rockwell (1960s) Oliver F. Atkins Photograph Collection, C0036 Box 1 Folder 13. ©SEPS

A worker looks out across the Fria Company International for the Production of Aluminum facility in Guinea (November 1960) Oliver F. Atkins Photograph Collection, C0036 Box 4 Folder 1. ©SEPS

Guests arrive at the Statler Hotel in Washington, D.C. (May 1950) Oliver F. Atkins Photograph Collection, C0036 Box 4 Folder 6. ©SEPS

Chief Miyamoto, head of Ainu clan at Chiraoi, Hokkaido, Japan (August 1951) Oliver F. Atkins Photograph Collection, C0036 Box 1 Folder 5. ©SEPS

This collection is being reprocessed with funds provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.