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.

  • 1997

    a look back...

    Photograph depicting four of Mason's five presidents taken at the Inauguration of Dr. Alan G. Merten on April 4, 1997. From left to right are: Dr. Alan Merten (1996-2012), Dr. George W. Johnson (1978-1996), Dr. Robert C. Krug (1977-1978), and Dr. Vergil H. Dykstra (1973-1977). Photograph…

  • 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…

  • 2009

    a look back...

    Architectural drawing of the planned Fenwick Library addition on George Mason University's Fairfax, Virginia campus looking southwest, November 6, 2009.

  • 2001

    a look back...

    Robinson Professor Roger Wilkins speaks at a university event in September 2001. Professor Wilkins was formerly an assistant attorney general under President Lyndon B. Johnson. He later was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Washington Star during the Watergate scandal. Wilkins…

  • 1968

    a look back...

    Volleyball game behind the South Building on the campus of George Mason College in Fairfax, Virginia, April 19, 1968. 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.

  • 1967

    a look back...

    Virginia state senator Charles Rogers Fenwick speaks at the Fenwick Library Dedication ceremonies, December 15, 1967.

  • 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…

  • 1987

    a look back...

    Architectural drawing made in 1987 showing a proposed exterior design for Fenwick Library Phase IV. This addition was never completed, as the University opted to construct the University Learning Center (now known as the George W. Johnson Learning Center) instead.

  • 1992

    a look back...

    Architect's sketch of the exterior of the University Learning Center (later the George W. Johnson Learning Center). Construction on this building was completed in 1995. This drawing is most likely from 1992 or 1993. 8.5" x 11" reproduction; color.