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Special Collections Research Center

This guide is an introduction to the primary research documents held in the Special Collections Research Center of George Mason University Libraries

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Welcome to the Special Collections Research Center Infoguide!

The Special Collections Research Center is the home of the George Mason University Archives, manuscripts collections, and rare books collection. The collections held by the Special Collections Research Center are meant to support the teaching and research activities of the George Mason University community, as well as the community at large.

Use this guide to learn about the Special Collections resources available to you, how to find Special Collections resources, and how to critically analyze primary sources. 

  • Locate Materials - Learn about the collection strengths of the Special Collections Research Center, and how to search for materials
  • Discover Collection Highlights - Explore a few highlights of Mason's Special Collections Research Center, grouped thematically around collections focusing on women's history, theatre and performing arts, and STEM fields
  • Using Special Collections - Before visiting the collections, learn about Special Collections policies and procedures, including frequently asked questions 
  • Research with Primary Sources - Learn how to analyze and ask questions of a primary source
  • Search the Web - Discover Mason's Digitized Collections and other valuable web resources
  • Follow us - Follow the Special Collections Research Center on social media--it's the best way to learn about newly added collections and to see collection highlights
  • Write & Cite - Find help for writing, and learn how to cite Special Collections materials
  • Get Help - Chat with a librarian or setup an appointment with the Research Services Coordinator. 

Related Research Guides

The following guides may be useful for doing additional research with primary sources.