The University Libraries invites you to learn more about the founding, history, and traditions of George Mason University. This site contains seven exhibits representing eras in the University's development, featuring digitized documents, photographs, video, audio, and other artifacts from the University Archives. Start exploring the exhibits below orbrowse the artifacts.

  • 1972

    a look back...

    Governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr., signing H-210, the bill which separated George Mason College from its parent institution, University of Virginia on April 7, 1972 at his office in Richmond. Pictured left to right are: Student Government President James Corrigan, Governor Linwood Holton,…

  • 2008

    a look back...

    Button created to increase awareness in George Mason University building projects. The Building Patriot Pride motto and logo was introduced in November 2008 by the University's Facilities Division. Steel rectangular button with clasp at back 2.75" x 1.5"; yellow with black graphic.

  • 1997

    a look back...

    Dr. Karen E. Rosenblum, Vice President, University Life, in a portrait photograph taken taken on July 24, 1997. Original is and 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 1989

    a look back...

    Architectural drawing of the Center for the Arts on George Mason University's Fairfax Campus. This image was most likely created in 1989 about a year before the completion of the building in 1990. Photograph is 8" x 10", black and white.

  • 1963

    a look back...

    Photograph of the original George Mason College building from the north facing Columbia Pike (Route 244). This building had eight rooms. Note the modified sign, which previously read: University of Virginia University College.

  • 1978

    a look back...

    Photograph of George Mason University professor, Edmund (Fred) Millar with fellow faculty members at a rally at George Mason University Fairfax Campus, February 5, 1978. 8" x 10" photograph; black and white.

  • 1993

    a look back...

    Reproduction of the First Floor Plan, University Learning Center (later the George W. Johnson Learning Center). Construction on this building was completed in 1995. This reproduction is most likely from 1993. 8.5" x 11", photostatic reproduction; black and white.

  • 1979

    a look back...

    Dr. Johnson posing for a picture inside of Student Union Building I on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University. Outside the window, the Fenwick Library Tower is the structure on the left and Robinson Hall A is the structure to the right. This picture was taken during Dr. Johnson's…

  • 1971

    a look back...

    Photograph of an architectural sketch for the Physical Education Building completed in 1972 and now known as the Recreation and Athletics Complex (RAC). This appears to be a fairly late sketch, as it very accurately depicts the look of the final building. Photo had two strips of paper…

  • 1964

    a look back...

    Photograph taken by Richard M. Sparks of students listening to student government debates in the meeting hall of the Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department meeting hall, April 1964. The fire department was located next door to George Mason College on Route 7.