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...

    Front and back of photograph of construction of the South Building (today Krug Hall) George Mason College, Fairfax, Virginia campus taken March 27, 1964. 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 1999

    a look back...

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

  • 2006

    a look back...

    "Go Mason" poster displayed on campus during the 2005-2005 Men's and Women's Basketball season. Poster is in color and measures 12" x 18".

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 1967

    a look back...

    View of the Fenwick Library Dedication ceremony, of December 15, 1967 at Fairfax, Virginia. Ceremony is taking place in the newly built library's first-level book stacks section. Speaker appears to be George Mason College Chancellor, Lorin A. Thompson.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 1977

    a look back...

    Photograph of University President, Dr. Robert C. Krug, at his desk at George Mason University, Fairfax Campus. Photograph is undated, but is most probably ca. 1977 or 1978. 5" x 7" photograph print; black and white.