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.

  • 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.

  • 1970

    a look back...

    Photograph of two individuals standing on top of the covered walkway on the eastern side of the West Building. They are posing next to a sign reading: "U.S. Out of Southeast Asia Free All Political Prisoners." Original imge is a 3" x 4" print; black and white.

  • 2007

    a look back...

    Aerial photograph of part of the George Mason University, Fairfax campus published in the Winter 2007 issue of The Mason Spirit, on page 28. In the right-hand frame the George W. Johnson Learning Center can be seen. Above it, Patriot Center and Innovation Hall. In the center of the frame,…

  • 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.

  • 1971

    a look back...

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

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 1993

    a look back...

    George Mason University Center for the Arts, ca. 1993. The final structure of the three-phase Humanities complex, the Center for the Arts serves as George Mason's premiere performing arts venue. The Center's Concert Hall was designed by theatrical and acoustical consultant George Izenour…