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.

  • 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 meeting hall, April 1964. The fire department was located next door to George Mason College on Route 7.

  • 1978

    a look back...

    Photograph of George Mason University professor, Edmund (Fred) Millar with fellow faculty members at a rally at George Mason University Fairfax Campus, February 5, 1978. 8" x 10" photograph; black and white.

  • 1956

    a look back...

    Photostatic copy of Virginia House of Delegates Joint Resolution No. 5, establishing a Northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia, February 24, 1956.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 1985

    a look back...

    Photograph of a student in the Plan for Alternative General Education (PAGE) program works on a computer in the PAGE student lounge. Original image is 3" X 5" 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…

  • 1995

    a look back...

    An exterior photograph of the University Learning Center (now kown as the George W. Johnson Center) taken in 1995, the year the building originally opened. 35mm slide; color.

  • 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.

  • 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.