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.

  • 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, April 1964. The fire department was located next door to George Mason College on Route 7. Note the stencil on the back of the…

  • 1953

    a look back...

    Photograph of John Norville Gibson Finley at his desk at the Northern Virgnia University Center on the campus of Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Va.

  • 1979

    a look back...

    Photograph of George Mason University president, George W. Johnson captured during his inaugural speech, April 7, 1979. The event took place in the gymnasium of the Physical Education Building (later renamed the Recreation and Athletics Complex or RAC).

  • 1991

    a look back...

    Senior guard, Steve Moran of the George Mason University Mens Basketball team defends against an unidentified player from the College of William and Mary. The game between the two members of the Colonial Athletic Association took place on January 9, 1991 in Patriot Center at Fairfax,…

  • 2013

    a look back...

    Graphic attached to an email message sent to George Mason University students, faculty, and staff on March 21, 2013 announcing the approval of the Mason Vision document by the George Mason University Board of Visitors on March 20, 2013. In the center of the graphic there is a link to a…

  • 1963

    a look back...

    Photograph by Richard M. Sparks of the 1963 Christmas Dance. Shown here from left to right are: Dr. Robert Reid, George Mason College student, Ronald Drum, and chemistry professor Hyman Feinstein, December 9, 1963.

  • 1973

    a look back...

    Photograph of new president of George Mason University, Vergil H. Dykstra (right), shaking hands with Vice President for Academic Affairs, Robert C. Krug (left) while former president, Lorin A Thompson (center), looks on. Dykstra is holding the keys to the office in his left hand. The keys…

  • 1967

    a look back...

    Photograph depicting the construction of the Lecture Hall taken in 1967. Fenwick Library (also under construction) can be seen in the background. 8" x 10" print; black and white.

  • 1968

    a look back...

    Aerial photograph of George Mason College, Fairfax campus. Photo depicts, parking circle, Fenwick Library, Lecture Hall, and North, South, East, and West Buildings. 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 1979

    a look back...

    Photograph of George Mason University President George W. Johnson speaking at the opening of Virginia Square Metro Station, Arlington, Virginia, December 1, 1979. George Mason University's Arlington Campus and the School of Law is located near this station. Photo is 8" x 10"; black and…