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.

  • 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.

  • 1963

    a look back...

    Photograph of a classroom at the Bailey's Crossroads Campus of George Mason College, ca. 1963. 8" x 10" print; black and white.

  • 1993

    a look back...

    George Mason University Center for the Arts, ca. 1993. The final structure of the three-phase Humanities complex, the Center for the Arts serves as George Mason's premiere performing arts venue. The Center's Concert Hall was designed by theatrical and acoustical consultant George Izenour…

  • 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).

  • 1965

    a look back...

    Composite photograph created by Richard M. Sparks depicting scenes from a press conference called by Drs. Lee Potter, Joseph Harrison, Fanny-Fern Davis, and Linda Grant DePauw to announce their resignations from George Mason College, May 20, 1965. Pictured at top are: Kosara Gavrilovic…

  • 1989

    a look back...

    Architectural drawing of the Center for the Arts on George Mason University's Fairfax Campus. This image was most likely created in 1989 about a year before the completion of the building in 1990. Photograph is 8" x 10", black and white.

  • 1967

    a look back...

    Virginia state senator Charles Rogers Fenwick speaks at the Fenwick Library Dedication ceremonies, December 15, 1967.

  • 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…

  • 1964

    a look back...

    Photograph taken by Richard M. Sparks of students Marianne Torregrossa, Kathy Parnell, Anne Walker, and Jim Pracht exiting a classroom and entering the front foyer of Bailey's Crossroads campus of George Mason College, April 1964.

  • 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…