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...

    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 meeting hall, April 1964. The fire department was located next door to George Mason College on Route 7.

  • 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.

  • 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:…

  • 965

    a look back...

    Photograph taken by Richard M. Sparks of the George Mason College Library in 1965. The Library was then located on the upper floor of the East Building on the Fairfax, Virginia campus.

  • 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"…

  • 1991

    a look back...

    Senior guard, Steve Moran of the George Mason University Mens Basketball team defends against an unidentified player from the College of William and Mary. The game between the two members of the Colonial Athletic Association took place on January 9, 1991 in Patriot Center at Fairfax,…

  • 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.

  • 1967

    a look back...

    Photograph depicting the construction of the Lecture Hall taken in 1967. Fenwick Library (also under construction) can be seen in the background. 8" x 10" print; black and white.

  • 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.