Contacting SC&A

Special Collections & Archives is located in C-204 Fenwick Library at George Mason University's Fairfax, Virginia Campus.

For answers to questions regarding our collections, hours, usage, duplications, or directions to our facility, please phone us at 703-993-2220, fax your inquiry to 703-993-8911, or email us at Detailed contact and visitor information can be found below. You can learn more about us by browsing our Info Guide.

For answers to questions regarding University Records Management, please phone the University Records Manager at 703-993-2201 or fax your inquiry to 703-993-8911.


Special Collections & Archives
Fenwick Library MS 2FL
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia USA 22030


Yvonne Carignan, Head, Special Collections & Archives

Christine Cheng, Research Services Coordinator

Sally Evans, University Dissertation and Thesis Coordinator

Veronica Fisher, University Records Manager

Hillary Gatlin, Records Management Specialist

Misha Griffith, Oral History Program Coordinator

Jordan Patty, Processing Archivist/Librarian

Greta Kuriger Suiter, Processing Specialist

Robert Vay, Digital Collections and Exhibitions Archivist

Mission Statement

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) is the unit within the University Libraries charged with acquiring, documenting, preserving, and providing access to primary research collections and documents. SC&A also manages the non-current and archival records of George Mason University, is responsible for the administration of, and preservation and access to the University's theses and dissertations, and undertakes, through its Oral History program, the creation of audiovisual documentary resources. SC&A services, collections and programs support the teaching and research activities of George Mason University and also serve the community at large.

Documents in SC&A are authentic, original, often unique, valuable, fragile, or otherwise exceptional. Some have the capacity to evoke the past, and embody the transmittal of knowledge over time. Others simply function as the only record of an individual or corporate life. SC&A preserves the materiality of information as it has been recorded and distributed in its original format. SC&A also adds value to its holdings through selective digitization and through interpretive exhibits, instruction, and programming.


SC&A began operation originally as the repository for the records of the Federal Theatre Project placed on loan to George Mason University by the Library of Congress. An outgrowth of George Mason University's Institute for the Federal Theatre Project, the department began to collect rare books and University Archives in 1978 and was named Special Collections & Archives in 1984.

Collection Strengths

SC&A collects materials related to George Mason University, northern Virginiana, performing arts, transportation and planning, and photography. SC&A collects oral histories pertaining to northern Virginia; the Federal Theatre Project; Reston, Virginia; and George Mason University's history. It curently conducts an active oral history program.

Visiting SC&A

SC&A is located on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University in the Fenwick Library in room C-204. Directions and maps can be found by following the links below:


image map for navigation Learn more about SC&A: mission statement, history, visiting us, contacting us, staff. Click here to learn about using SC&A: collections use, duplication, citation and publication. Learn more about our holdings in SC&A. Click here to find out more about the George Mason University Oral History Program. Click here to visit the SC&A blog! Click here to visit the office of the University Records Manager.


Visit the Unversity Libraries. Visit SC&A's Home Page.