Oral History Program
The Oral History Program (OHP) records and preserves oral histories documenting personal perspectives about the creation, development, and growth of the university, key collections within Special Collections Research Center, and communities in the region of Northern Virginia.
Established in 1999, the program has conducted nearly 200 interviews, focused mainly on George Mason University's history. Encompassing diverse members of the university community, from past university presidents to former students, the interviews contain a wide range of voices and perspectives.
Collections of Oral Histories in SCRC
In addition to the interviews listed below, Special Collections Research Center houses and maintains:
Sample Segments from Previous Interviews
|An interview segment from the George Mason University Oral History Project Collection. Long-time Reston resident Catherine Baum remembers her first visit in 1966 to the famous planned community in Northern Virginia.||An interview segment from the George Mason University Oral History Project Collection. Former George Mason University Men's Basketball Head Coach Jim Larranaga talks about motivating his team during the NCAA tournament in 2006.|
|Andrew J. “Andy” Evans, first African American admissions officer at George Mason University. Evans was at George Mason from 1974 until 1985.||Lloyd Griffiths, Northern Virginia technology executive and Dean of the Volgeneau School of Engineering at George Mason University from 1997 until 2012.|