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.

  • 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…

  • 1962

    a look back...

    Photograph of John Norville Gibson Finley (third from right) along with members of the Fairfax Town Council pose in front of newly raised sign marking the construction site of the Fairfax campus of George Mason College. Sign was placed at the corner of University Drive and Payne Street…

  • 2005

    a look back...

    Team photograph of the 2005-2006 George Mason University Men's Basketball team taken in 2005 at Patriot Center on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University. This team entered the 2006 NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid and was seeded 11th. It defeated Michigan State University, the…

  • 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…

  • 1986

    a look back...

    Photograph of Nobel Laureate, James M. Buchanan at a press conference in George's Hall on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University on October 17, 1986. 8" x 10" print; black and white. A recording of this press conference can be viewed…

  • 1963

    a look back...

    Photograph of freshman student and founding editor of the Gunston Ledger, Helen H. Momsen (Johnson). Photograph was taken on the grounds of the Bailey's Crossroads campus on March 10, 1963 by fellow stident Richard Sparks.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 1985

    a look back...

    Dr. Roy A. Rosenzweig seated at a desk in front of a personal computer reading a document. Photograph is undated but most likely taken circa 1985. 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).