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.

  • 1994

    a look back...

    An architect's rendering of the first academic building to be constructed on the planned Prince William Institute. Academic buildings were the first structures opened on the campus. 35mm slide; color.

  • 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.

  • 1964

    a look back...

    Photograph by Oliver Atkins of director, Robert H. Reid addressing the George Mason College Dedication, November 12, 1964. Directly behind him is the North Building (now named the Finley Building).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,…

  • 1993

    a look back...

    George Mason University Center for the Arts, ca. 1993. The final structure of the three-phase Humanities complex, the Center for the Arts serves as George Mason's premiere performing arts venue. The Center's Concert Hall was designed by theatrical and acoustical consultant George Izenour…

  • 1995

    a look back...

    Photograph of the interior of the University Learning Center portraying three levels of the building. Photograph was taken in 1995, shortly after the facility opened. In Spring 1996 the building was renamed the George W. Johnson Learning Center in honor of retiring University President…

  • 1963

    a look back...

    Photograph by Richard M. Sparks of the 1963 Christmas Dance. Shown here from left to right are: Dr. Robert Reid, George Mason College student, Ronald Drum, and chemistry professor Hyman Feinstein, December 9, 1963.