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Broadside student newspaper collection

Identifier: R0128

Scope and Content

This collection consists of printed editions of the various iterations of the George Mason College/George Mason University student newspaper "Broadside," including its original printing as "The Gunston Ledger," and its current form as "The Fourth Estate." The collection dates range from 1963 - 2020.


  • 1963 - 2020


Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Broadside student newspaper collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Historical Note

"Broadside" - George Mason University's (GMU) official student newspaper - began as "The Gunston Ledger" in the Fall of 1963, when GMU was still George Mason College (GMC). The newspaper's initial purpose was to inform GMC's student body of events and happenings on campus. By the late 1960s, the newspaper had grown into a more political and outspoken publication, particularly during the Vietnam War. The Ledger was renamed "Broadside" in October 1969, its journalists stating, "that the old name 'no longer represents the things which we want it to stand for'" (Student Unrest at Mason.) Broadside kept its name until 2013 when it joined with the student-run news website "Connect2Mason" and was renamed again, this time as the "Fourth Estate." Fourth Estate is an online-only publication, though it does publish physical supplemental editions.


27 Linear Feet (53 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of printed editions of the various iterations of the George Mason College/University student newspaper "Broadside," 1963 - 2020.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Alternate Form Available

Boxes 1 - 9, 16, 25, 28, and 48 - 53 of this collection were digitized by Kelsey Kim and are available to view here.

Related Materials

The Special Collections Research Center holds other GMU University and Student Publications. It also holds the Broadside photograph collection, which was digitized and is available online here.

A list of other GMU University and Student Publications can be seen below. To access these publications please contact us at

Academic Affairs- Faculty Lecture Sessions, 1980-1982

Alert: The Space Crisis at George Mason, 1989

Alumni Directories, 1978-2001

Alumni News, 1977-1988

Alumni Newsletter - Inside Patriot Circles, 1990-1994

Alumni Surveys, 1990-2000

American Business Law Association- Selected Papers, 1984

Annual Report, 1976-1978

Apathy, 2000-2005

Asterisk, 1968-1971

At Your Service, 2000-2006

Benefactor, 1997-2006

The Brain in the News, 1999

Brandy Seal, 1976-1977

Broadside Guides, 2007-2008

The Bull Sheet, undated

The Bulletin, 1965-1976

Business Legal Studies Covers, 1983

Catalog - Continuing Education/Evening Studies, 1976-1979

Catalog - Graduate, 1970-1996

Catalog - School of Law, 1979-2000

Catalog - Undergraduate, 1960-2009

Center for Arts Administration Building: Standards and Policies, 1989

Commencement Programs, 1962-2008

Complexity, 1995-2000

Cooperative Learning, 1995

Counseling Center Programs, 2000-2001

Daily Mason Gazette, 1998-2006

Development: Resource Manual for Counselors and Parents of Dependent Young Adults, 1982

Dimensions- College of Nursing and Health Science, 2001

Dissenter, [undated]

Diversity at Mason, 2006-2009

The Docket, 2003

Energia, 1993-1994

English Synergos Hermeneutics General Studies , 1982

Enrollment Projection for Virginia, 2001

Events- George Mason University, 2002-2003

The Ex-Patriot, 1986

Expulsion, 1990-2006

Factbook, 1967-2006

Faculty Bibliography, 1981-1996

Faculty Course Evaluation Results, 1975-1976

Faculty Focus, 1979-1980

Faculty Handbooks, 1967-1995

Faculty Journal Editors, 2003-2004

Fliers- General, 1997-2000

Foundation Robinson Reminisces, undated

Fourth Estate, 1994

Fractal, 1994-1996

Freshman Register, circa 1975

Freshmen Survey and Research, 2003

George Mason Magazine, 1985-1990

George Mason Review, 1992-2010

George Mason College Reports to You, 1966-1971

GMU Fairfax Campus Hours of Operation, 2003-2004

GMU Safety Focus, 2003

GMU Self-Study Update, 1999-2000

GMU Survey, 1990

GMU Today, 1975-1987

Health and Education Mainstreaming, 1983

Hispanic Culture Review, 1993-2010

Honor Roll, 1983-1986

In Focus, 2005-2007

In House, 1975-1980

InfoMason, 1993-2002

Institutional Image: A Case Study of George Mas, 1989

Journal of Sports History. 1997-1998

The Legacy of George Mason (Lecture Series), 1983

Library Fliers, 2003

Mason E-Files, 2003-2007

The Mason Republic, 1991

Mason Wire, 2001-2006

The Mason Gazette, 1980-2002

Mason, 1991-1994

Mason Research, 2007-2009

Mason Spirit, 1996-2009

The N.C. Gazette, 1967-1968

New Student Profile, Entering Students Survey, 1992-1993

The Newspaper, 1969

Northern Virginia Challenges: The 1990s and Beyong, 1989

Orientation, 2002

Overheads - 1992 Student Life Survey, 1992

Part-Time Faculty Guide, 1996

The Patriot, 1969-1974

The Paupers Press, 1969

Perspective, 1960

Phoebe, 1972-2008

Plum Duff, 1985-1989

Policy Issues, 1984-1986

Report on the Faculty Evaluation of Administrator, 1994

Report to the CAS Council Committee on General Education, 1995

Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities, 2002-2009

Schedule of Classes, 1956-2009

Scholarships for Women and Minorities, 1997

Second Thoughts, February 27, 1980

"Shaping Next Century" 1998 World Congress on, 1998

So To Speak, 1992-2009

Statistical Information, 1972-1995

Student Disorientation Handbook, 1977

Student Government News, 1973

Student Handbooks, 1967-2010

Student Life Survey, 1992

Student Survival Handbook, 1978

Summer Session, 1966-2008

The Sunspot, 1979

Telephone Directories, 1959-2009

Theatre Survey, 2003

Try, October 19 1961

Undergraduate Programs, 1957-1999

University Info Booklets & Guides (General), undated

University Scholars Handbook, 1995-1996

University Speakers Bureau Directory, 1998-2001

The Vacancy, 1978-1979, 1986

Virginia Business, August 1989

Virginia Network News, Fall 1999

Volition, 2006-2007

VOX/POP, 2006-2008


"Student Unrest at Mason and The Gunston Ledger/Broadside[.]" George Mason University: A History. Accessed May 3, 2022.

Processing Information

This collection number used to belong to the George Mason University University and Student Publications list. That list was compiled by Alina Moody in April 2017. Please see the Related Materials note for more information.

This finding aid was completed by Amanda Brent in May 2022.


Guide to the Broadside student newspaper collection
Broadside student newspaper collection
Amanda Brent
May 13, 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center Repository

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