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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

Search for Materials

Search by keyword for manuscript and archival material in our finding aids

Tips:

  • Search the Special Collections Research Center finding aids and blog for collections relevant to your research in the Search Box on our home page. Search by keywords, subject, topic, or person 
  • If you are having difficulty determining whether the Special Collections Research Center holds archival material related to your topic, email the Research Services Coordinator

Search for rare books in our catalog

Tips:

  • In order limit your results to rare books: limit your search by location - "Fenwick Special Collections." That will narrow down any future keyword, title or author search to materials held by the Special Collections Research Center.
  • If you are having difficulty determining whether the Special Collections Research Center holds rare books related to your topic, email the Research Services Coordinator

Archives & Manuscripts

The Special Collections Research Center University Archives & Manuscripts Collections document the history of George Mason University and also include collections related to the history of Northern Virginia, politics, transportation and planning, photography, and the performing arts and theatre.

Rare Book Collections

The Special Collections Research Center's rare and antiquarian books support its manuscripts collections and the university's curriculum offering. Collecting strengths include:

  • Northern Virginiana 
  • City and Town Planning
  • Travel & Transportation
  • Book Arts & Printmaking
  • Twentieth Century Americana
  • Antiquarian Cookbooks
  • Scotland and Scottish Heritage
  • Earth Science, Ecology, & Oceanography