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.

  • 1968

    a look back...

    Students of the first graduating class of George Mason College as a four-year institution receiving diplomas during first Commencement, June 9, 1968. Handing out diplomas in the center is Chancellor, Lorin A. Thompson, and seated at right is speaker, Dr. Prince B.Woodard, Chairman of the…

  • 1990

    a look back...

    Aerial photograph of Patriot Center ca. 1990. Image is from a 35 mm slide; color.

  • 1992

    a look back...

    Photograph of clay maquette [model] of George Mason bronze statue created by sculptor Wendy Ross. 1992, Photo is 8" x 10"; black and white.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 1972

    a look back...

    Governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr., signing H-210, the bill which separated George Mason College from its parent institution, University of Virginia on April 7, 1972 at his office in Richmond. Pictured left to right are: Student Government President James Corrigan, Governor Linwood Holton,…

  • 2006

    a look back...

    "Go Mason" poster displayed on campus during the 2005-2005 Men's and Women's Basketball season. Poster is in color and measures 12" x 18".

  • 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.

  • 1994

    a look back...

    An architect's rendering of the first academic building to be constructed on the planned Prince William Institute. Academic buildings were the first structures opened on the campus. 35mm slide; color.