George Mason University
Oral History: The Northern Virginia Leadership Project

Documents tell the 'official' side of an organization's history; people supply the between-the-lines story—and perspective—that formal letters and reports rarely capture. In 1990, at the request of GMU's Office of the President, Milestones developed an oral history program to record the memories of key figures in George Mason University's explosive growth since the school's founding in 1957. Early interviewees of the program included several retired state legislators who helped to transform GMU from a branch campus of the University of Virginia into an independent university (1972) with a national reputation, Nobel Prize-winning faculty and satellite campuses of its own.