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.

  • 2007

    a look back...

    Aerial photograph of part of the George Mason University, Fairfax campus published in the Winter 2007 issue of The Mason Spirit, on page 28. In the right-hand frame the George W. Johnson Learning Center can be seen. Above it, Patriot Center and Innovation Hall. In the center of the frame,…

  • 1964

    a look back...

    Photograph by Oliver F. Atkins of participants in the reception following the dedication ceremonies at George Mason College, Fairfax, Va, November 12, 1964. This event is taking place in the North (now Finley) Building. Pictured here are, from immediate left to right: John Norville Gibson…

  • 1994

    a look back...

    Architectural drawing of Academic I on George Mason University's Prince William Campus. This image is dated March 16, 1994 about three and half years before the completion of the building in September 1997. Image is 8.5" x 11", black and white.

  • 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 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…

  • 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, April 1964. The fire department was located next door to George Mason College on Route 7. Note the stencil on the back of the…

  • 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…

  • 1964

    a look back...

    Photograph taken by Richard Sparks of Craig Movers van moving books and supplies from the Bailey's Crossroads building to the new branch college at Fairfax, on either August 26 or 27, 1964. A brief video taken of the move out of Bailey's Crossroads can be viewed at:…

  • 1975

    a look back...

    Photograph from George Mason University's Festival of Exposure held on the Fairfax Campus. Civil Rights activist Julian Bond is at the lectern. An unidentified woman is seated next to him. To her left is George Mason University admissions officer, Andrew (Andy) Evans. Original image is 8"…

  • 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.