SCRC's current exhibition, "We Are Mason: A Student History" not only illustrates the university's first fifty years as an independent institution, but also focuses on how Mason developed in the fifteen years preceding April 7, 1972.  As the title suggests, there is a significant focus on our students, as they were the main reason the institution that would one day be known as George Mason University opened in 1957. Mason students have been both witnesses to and actors in the university's history. Images in the exhibit illustrate student life throughout the years, as well as development of university traditions, growth of the campus, and milestones in our institution's history.  The images and physical objects in the exhibition date from 1957 to 2022.

The exhibition features manuscript records and publications from collections in the University Archives group and photography from three different collections in the holdings of the University Libraries' Special Collections Research Center. The Richard Sparks photograph collection features 121 images of George Mason College life taken between 1961 and 1965 by then-Mason student Richard Sparks. The Broadside photograph collection, R0135, contains over 55,000 images captured by Mason students working for the Broadside student newspaper from between 1973 and 2001. The George Mason University photograph collection, R0120 contains over 120,000 images taken by the University's Office of University Relations from the mid-1950s to 2007.

"We Are Mason: A Student History" runs through December 2022 and is located in the Special Collections Research Center Exhibit Space, Fenwick Library, 2nd Floor.

The Libraries will host an exhibition reception on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM in Fenwick Library, Room 2001.

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Fenwick Library
4400 University Drive MSN 2FL
Fairfax, VA 22030


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