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.

  • 1979

    a look back...

    Dean Ralph N. Norvell stands at the north side of the George Mason University School of Law building at 3351 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington Virginia. This building was originally a Kann's department store before the International School of Law acquired it in 1975. This photo was taken…

  • 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…

  • 1993

    a look back...

    Reproduction of the First Floor Plan, University Learning Center (later the George W. Johnson Learning Center). Construction on this building was completed in 1995. This reproduction is most likely from 1993. 8.5" x 11", photostatic reproduction; 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.

  • 1968

    a look back...

    Students of the first graduating class of George Mason College as a four-year institution receiving diplomas during first Commencement, June 9, 1968. Handing out diplomas in the center is Chancellor, Lorin A. Thompson, and seated at right is speaker, Dr. Prince B.Woodard, Chairman of the…

  • 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.

  • 1987

    a look back...

    Architectural drawing made in 1987 showing a proposed exterior design for Fenwick Library Phase IV. This addition was never completed, as the University opted to construct the University Learning Center (now known as the George W. Johnson Learning Center) instead.

  • 1997

    a look back...

    Dr. Karen E. Rosenblum, Vice President, University Life, in a portrait photograph taken taken on July 24, 1997. Original is and 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 1998

    a look back...

    Photograph of attendees to the World Conference on Information Technology held on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University from June 21 to June 24, 1998 examining virtual reality equipment at a booth sponsored by the University. The location is the George W. Johnson Learning Center. …