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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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"…

  • 2009

    a look back...

    Architectural drawing of the planned Fenwick Library addition on George Mason University's Fairfax, Virginia campus looking northwest, November 6, 2009.

  • 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…

  • 1999

    a look back...

    George Mason University Provost, Peter N. Stearns taken on October 14, 1999. 5" x 7" photograph print; black and white.

  • 1957

    a look back...

    C. Harrison Mann, Jr. describing the Ravensworth property to an unidentified group. He is using a large plat to point out features of the tract. The time period is roughly 1957. The reverse contains the words: Branch College in pencil at the top and the phrase: 2X22 College Site P3 in red…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…