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...

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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:…

  • 1972

    a look back...

    Members of the George Mason University Board of Visitors take part in the swearing-in ceremony at the Inaugural Meeting of the George Mason University Board of Visitors, May 31, 1972. Participants in this photo are unidentified. 8" x 10" 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…

  • 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.

  • 2008

    a look back...

    Button created to increase awareness in George Mason University building projects. The Building Patriot Pride motto and logo was introduced in November 2008 by the University's Facilities Division. Steel rectangular button with clasp at back 2.75" x 1.5"; yellow with black graphic.

  • 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.