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.

  • 2009

    a look back...

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

  • 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.

  • 1997

    a look back...

    Photograph depicting four of Mason's five presidents taken at the Inauguration of Dr. Alan G. Merten on April 4, 1997. From left to right are: Dr. Alan Merten (1996-2012), Dr. George W. Johnson (1978-1996), Dr. Robert C. Krug (1977-1978), and Dr. Vergil H. Dykstra (1973-1977). Photograph…

  • 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"…

  • 1955

    a look back...

    Carbon copy of Finley's reply to E. DeLong Bowman's letter of December 27, 1954 in which Bowman informs Finley of the offer of land he and his brother, A. Smith Bowman have made to President Colgate W. Darden, Jr. of the University of Virginia on which to build a branch college. January…

  • 1986

    a look back...

    Dr. Roy A. Rozenzweig sitting at the edge of a desk, January 10, 1986. 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 1968

    a look back...

    Graduating Class of 1968 on the steps of the Lecture Hall immediately after the ceremony. Fifty-two graduates participated in the first Commencement for George Mason College as a four-year institution on June 9, 1968. 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 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.

  • 1972

    a look back...

    Governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr., signing H-210, the bill which separated George Mason College from its parent institution, University of Virginia on April 7, 1972 at his office in Richmond. Pictured left to right are: Student Government President James Corrigan, Governor Linwood Holton,…

  • 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…