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.

  • 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.

  • 1957

    a look back...

    C. Harrison Mann, Jr. describing the Ravensworth property to an unidentified group. He is using a large plat to point out features of the tract. The time period is roughly 1957. The reverse contains the words: Branch College in pencil at the top and the phrase: 2X22 College Site P3 in red…

  • 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, April 1964. The fire department was located next door to George Mason College on Route 7. Note the stencil on the back of the…

  • 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…

  • 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).

  • 1992

    a look back...

    Photograph of clay maquette [model] of George Mason bronze statue created by sculptor Wendy Ross. 1992, Photo is 8" x 10"; black and white.

  • 1968

    a look back...

    Procession of the Graduating Class of 1968 as they leave the East Building on towards the Lecture Hall. Fifty-two graduates participated in the first Commencement for George Mason College as a four-year institution on June 9, 1968. The South Building can be seen to the left. 8" x 10"…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…