Oral History Interview with Senator Charles S. Robb

When the George Mason University School of Law (now known as the Antonin Scalia Law School) graduated its first class on August 23, 1980, the featured keynote speaker was then-Lieutenant Governor, Charles S. Robb. Lieutenant Governor Robb spoke for about 20 minutes. Robb began his speech by praising the university Continue Reading

An Interview with Lynne “Buzz” Decker, George Mason College Class of 1966

The George Mason University Oral History Program staff always looks forward to speaking to an alum and recording their memories of Mason.  Oral history helps us capture multiple interrelated layers of history: the personal story of the interviewee, their interactions with their schoolmates and professors, events on campus, and the Continue Reading

Reprocessing the Robert Breen Papers – Part I

Hello all! Amanda here again on Vault 217. Today I will be writing about something that I feel is not often discussed in the archival world – reprocessing! If you’ve read any of my previous blog entries (such as the C-SPAN chronicles, where I discussed archival processing at length) you’ll Continue Reading

Let’s Get Technical! Recording Oral Histories at SCRC

The George Mason University Oral History Program has come a long way since its inception in 1999, undergoing important developments in terms of recording and editing interviews. From 1999 until 2004, oral history interviews were audio only recordings captured on audiocassette. Because there was no dubbing equipment, subjects were not Continue Reading

Reorganizing the GMU Oral History Program Collection

This post was written by Emily Curley, our Oral History Program Coordinator. The George Mason University Oral History Program has conducted over 200 interviews since 1999. Because we’re always adding to the collection, it’s time to reorganize the physical collection and the finding aid. What we’ve done so far: We’ve Continue Reading