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George Mason University Electronic Documentary History

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Documentary history makes it possible for readers and researchers to gain a first-hand understanding of an historic time, place, person, event, or institution through relevant contemporary documents. The George Mason University - Electronic Documentary History (GMU-EDH) is designed to promote such an understanding of the history of George Mason University as an institution. The chronological narrative is supplemented with links to digital representations of significant documents in its history. Some of the documents serve as important waypoints in the history of an evolving institution, while others show us what something or someone looked like twenty, thirty, forty, or fifty years ago. Still others detail quite simply, and sometimes humorously, the Mason experience. This project was initially conceived in 1997 and was rededicated in 2007 for the celebration of two simultaneous Mason milestones: the fiftieth anniversary of George Mason's existence as an academic institution and it's thirty-fifth year as an independent university. The original version was re-engineered to to access digital documents, including audiovisual materials, now residing in George Mason University's Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS).

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    Video: 50 Years in 2 Minutes
    (2007-10-23T20:29:14Z) Special Collections & Archives, George Mason University Libraries
    Video presented at the Fall 2007 Convocation, October 17, 2007 at George Mason University Fairfax campus. Contains archival stills and video from Special Collections & Archives in University Libraries relating to the period in George Mason's history dating from 1957-2007. Music is from Antonin Dvorak's (1841-1904) Slavonic dance No. 8 in A flat major Sousedka B.145/147 (OP.72).
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    Photograph: Vergil H. Dykstra
    (2007-09-20T17:59:23Z)
    Photograph of Vergil H. Dykstra (1925- ), president of George Mason University from 1973 to 1977. Dykstra described his years at Mason as demanding and difficult, but rewarding. The rapid growth of the University continued during his presidency. He proposed establishing a law school for the University and expanded academic facilities. George Mason University Archives, Public Relations Photographs, Box 8, Folder 53.
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    Mason Gazette Article: "Professor Wins Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences", October 10, 2002
    (The Mason Gazette, an electronic information resource for the faculty and staff of George Mason University, 2002-10-10) Barbre, Elena
    Mason Gazette article announcing the awarding of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences to George Mason Professor Vernon Smith. Article can be viewed at http://gazette.gmu.edu/articles/3990/
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    Invitation and Program to the Inaugural Ceremony for President Alan Merten, April 2-4, 1997
    (George Mason University, 1997-04-02)
    Invitation and program of events for the inaugural ceremonies of President Alan Merten. George Mason University Archives, Commencements, Receptions, etc.
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    Photograph: George W. Johnson
    (1978)
    Photograph of George W. Johnson (1928- ). President of George Mason University 1979-1997. During Johnson's eighteen years as president George Mason University acquired doctoral status, established a law school, instituted thirty-four new programs, and became a distributed university with campuses in Arlington and Prince William Counties. George Mason University Archives, University Relations Photographs, Box 23, Folder 6.
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    Article: Mason Gazette "George Mason University to Open First International Campus in the United Arab Emirates," February 28, 2005
    (The Mason Gazette, 2005-02-28)
    Mason Gazette article and photograph regarding the signing of an agreement to open the new George Mason University campus in the United Arab Emirates. Show in the image are Provost Peter Stearns (far left), Long Nguyen, of George Mason's Board of Visitors, and H.H. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of RAK. Michele Sison, U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, (in red) is also shown. Article and image available at: http://www.gmu.edu/alumni/masonwire/Mar2005.htm
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    Invitation to the dedication of the George W. Johnson Center April 12, 1996
    (1996-04-12)
    Printed invitation to attend the dedication of the George W. Johnson Center and the unveiling of the George Mason Statue. George Mason University Archives, Commencements, Receptions, etc.
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    Educational Plan of George Mason College of the University of Virginia, January 1968
    (George Mason College of the University of Virginia, January 1968, 1968-01) Bice, Zula Mae; Beaurline, Lester A.; Brundage, Dean E.; Early, Stephen T.; Kaulback, Frank S.; Kauzlairch, James J.; Krug, Robert C.; Levitan, Max; Lowry, William C.; Mielczarek, Eugenie V.; Thompson, Lorin A.; Vaughan, Joseph L.; Williams, D. Allan; Younger, Edward
    1968 educational report on the future of George Mason College including enrollment, staff, programs, facilities and finances. George Mason University Archives, William H. McFarlane Papers, Box 3, Folder 65.
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    Photograph: First graduating class, June 9, 1968
    (2007-09-06T18:51:47Z)
    Photograph of the first graduating class of George Mason College as a four year institution as they exit the East Building, June 9, 1968. George Mason University Archives, University Relations Photographs, Box 1, Folder 19.
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    Photograph: Signing Ceremony, H-210, April 7, 1972
    (2007-09-06T18:49:42Z)
    Photograph of Governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr., signing H-210, the bill which separated George Mason College from its parent institution, University of Virginia on April 7, 1972. Pictured left to right are: Student Government President James Corrigan, Governor Linwood Holton, Jr., George Mason University Chancellor Lorin A. Thompson, George Mason University Advisory Board President John Wood, and Student Senator Anne O' Grady. George Mason University Archives, University Relations Photographs, Box 2, Folder 4B
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    Photograph: Construction of Student Union I, February 21, 1973
    (1973-02-21)
    Photograph showing construction of Student Union Building I as seen from the roof of the West Building. George Mason University Archives, Public Relations Photographs, Box 3, Folder 34.
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    Photograph: Groundbreaking, Academic II, February 21, 1973
    (George Mason University, 1973-02-21)
    Photograph of George Mason University president Lorin Thompson at the ground breaking for Academic II, later rededicated as Thompson Hall. George Mason University Archives, Public Relations Photographs, Box 3, Folder 35.
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    Photograph: Robinson Hall dedication, October 5, 1973
    (George Mason University, 1975-10-05)
    Photograph of (from left) Virgil Dykstra, John T. 'Til' Hazel, John C. Wood, and Clarence Robinson at the dedication reception for Robinson Hall. Another unidentified individual looks on in the background. George Mason University Archives, Public Relations Photographs, Box 3, Folder 35.
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    Photograph: Robert Krug
    (2007-09-06T18:45:32Z)
    Photograph of Robert C. Krug (1918-2006), who originally came to George Mason College in 1965. Prior to accepting the presidency, after Vergil Dykstra's resignation in April 1977, Dr. Krug held the positions of Dean of the College, Dean of the Faculty and Graduate School, Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. George Mason University Archives, University Relations Photographs, Box 23, Folder 9.
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    Telegram: Mayor Leroy Bendheim to Colgate Darden, October 15, 1958
    (1958-10-15) Bendheim, Leroy
    Western Union telegram from Leroy Bendheim, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, to UVa President Darden informing him of the City Council's approval of the 150 acre Farr tract in Fairfax, Va as the site for the Northern Virginia Branch College of the University of Virginia. The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia Library, Collection No. 2/1/1.635 II, Box 6, Folder Date 1958, Heading: Northern Virginia College.
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    Legislation: H-210, Establishing George Mason University as an Independent Institution, April 7, 1972
    (The General Assembly of Virginia, 1972-04-07)
    Legislation establishing George Mason University as an independent institution, separate from the University of Virginia, April 1972. George Mason University Libraries, Government Documents.
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    Program: George Mason College Commencement, June 9, 1968
    (George Mason College, 1968-06-09)
    Program for the first commencement of George Mason College as a four year institution, June 9, 1968. George Mason University Archives, Commencements, Receptions, etc.
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    Photograph: Lorin A. Thompson
    (2007-09-06T17:51:45Z) Evans, Tony
    Photograph of Lorin A. Thompson (1902-1999). In 1966, Thompson became the first chancellor of George Mason College. In 1972 he became the first president of the newly independent George Mason University. George Mason University Archives, University Relations Photographs, Box 23, Folder 32.
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    Letter: J.N.G. Finley to Colgate W. Darden, August 2, 1957
    (1957-08-02) Finley, John Norville Gibson
    Letter from J.N.G. Finley informing UVA President Darden that the Bailey's Crossroads building, which will house the new Northen Virginia Branch College has been occupied. The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia Library, Collection No. 2/1/2.635 I, Box 12, Folder Date 1957, Heading: Northern Virginia Branch.
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    Letter: George B. Zehmer to Colgate Darden, January 5, 1954
    (1954-01-05) Zehmer, George, B.
    Letter from George Zehmer to Colgate Darden reporting on a meeting of Northern Virginia citizens regarding expansion of the Northern Virginia University Center into a two year extension college. The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia Library, Collection No. 2/1/2.632, Box 10, Folder Date Jan-June 1954, Heading: Extension Division.
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