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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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…

  • 1953

    a look back...

    Photograph of John Norville Gibson Finley at his desk at the Northern Virgnia University Center on the campus of Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Va.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 1968

    a look back...

    Procession of the Graduating Class of 1968 as they leave the East Building on towards the Lecture Hall. Fifty-two graduates participated in the first Commencement for George Mason College as a four-year institution on June 9, 1968. The South Building can be seen to the left. 8" x 10"…