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.

  • 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…

  • 2001

    a look back...

    Robinson Professor Roger Wilkins speaks at a university event in September 2001. Professor Wilkins was formerly an assistant attorney general under President Lyndon B. Johnson. He later was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Washington Star during the Watergate scandal. Wilkins…

  • 1992

    a look back...

    Architect's sketch of the exterior of the University Learning Center (later the George W. Johnson Learning Center). Construction on this building was completed in 1995. This drawing is most likely from 1992 or 1993. 8.5" x 11" reproduction; color.

  • 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…

  • 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...

    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.

  • 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…

  • 2005

    a look back...

    Team photograph of the 2005-2006 George Mason University Men's Basketball team taken in 2005 at Patriot Center on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University. This team entered the 2006 NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid and was seeded 11th. It defeated Michigan State University, the…

  • 1968

    a look back...

    Volleyball game behind the South Building on the campus of George Mason College in Fairfax, Virginia, April 19, 1968. 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.