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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 1964

    a look back...

    Front and back of photograph of construction of the George Mason College, Fairfax, Virginia campus taken April 25, 1964. In this photo the West (foreground) and North (background) buildings can be seen from the vantage point of the southwest corner of the initial 40 acres of land cleared…

  • 965

    a look back...

    Photograph taken by Richard M. Sparks of the George Mason College Library in 1965. The Library was then located on the upper floor of the East Building on the Fairfax, Virginia campus.

  • 1972

    a look back...

    Members of the George Mason University Board of Visitors take part in the swearing-in ceremony at the Inaugural Meeting of the George Mason University Board of Visitors, May 31, 1972. Participants in this photo are unidentified. 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 1965

    a look back...

    Aerial photograph portraying the newly-built George Mason College, Fairfax campus, ca. 1965. Buildings from top left are: East, South, West, and North. 5" x 7" photograph print; black and white.

  • 1964

    a look back...

    Photograph by Oliver F. Atkins of participants in the reception following the dedication ceremonies at George Mason College, Fairfax, Va, November 12, 1964. This event is taking place in the North (now Finley) Building. Pictured here are, from immediate left to right: John Norville Gibson…

  • 1965

    a look back...

    Composite photograph created by Richard M. Sparks depicting scenes from a press conference called by Drs. Lee Potter, Joseph Harrison, Fanny-Fern Davis, and Linda Grant DePauw to announce their resignations from George Mason College, May 20, 1965. Pictured at top are: Kosara Gavrilovic…

  • 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.