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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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"…

  • 1986

    a look back...

    Photograph of Nobel Laureate, James M. Buchanan at a press conference in George's Hall on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University on October 17, 1986. 8" x 10" print; black and white. A recording of this press conference can be viewed…

  • 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.

  • 2009

    a look back...

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

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…