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Special Collections Research Center

An introduction to primary research documents and archives 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 and the community at large.

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

  • Find Materials - Learn how to search for materials, access policies, and our hours
  • 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
  • Research with Primary Sources - Learn how to analyze and ask questions of a primary source
  • Web Resources - Discover Mason's Digitized Collections and other valuable web resources
  • Write & Cite - Find help for writing, and learn how to cite Special Collections' materials
  • Get Help - Chat with a librarian or set up an appointment with the Research Services Coordinator. 

Related Research Guides

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