Before We Became George Mason University: Our First Campus at Bailey’s Crossroads, 1957-1964

George Mason College, Bailey's Crossroads, 1961.

George Mason University is celebrating fifty years as an independent university this year, but did you know that Mason was in existence for 15 years prior to April 7, 1972? In February of 1956 the Virginia General Assembly approved Joint Resolution No. 5, establishing a Northern Virginia branch of the Continue Reading

We Are Mason: A Student History

Our university celebrates its 50th Anniversary as an independent institution this year. The above photograph is the only one from that day known to exist. It was most likely taken by a George Mason University (GMU) employee in a department housed in the North Building (today known as Finley) called Continue Reading

Looking Over Our Shoulder: The Cold War and Civil Rights in the United States

Cover of pamphlet "House Un-American Activities Committee: Bulwark of Segregation" by Anne Braden

This blog post is most of the exhibit case text from “The Cold War and Civil Rights in the United States,” part of the Special Collections Research Center’s “Looking Over our Shoulder: the Cold War in American Culture” exhibit, on display through January 2022. In the aftermath of World War Continue Reading

Looking Over Our Shoulder: The Cold War Comes Home for Supper

This post is part of a series pertaining to SCRC’s current exhibition, Looking Over Our Shoulder: The Cold War in American Culture. The text was borrowed from the exhibition. Not only were American politics and diplomatic relations greatly affected throughout the Cold War, but so were the home lives, shopping Continue Reading