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.

  • 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…

  • 1997

    a look back...

    Photograph depicting four of Mason's five presidents taken at the Inauguration of Dr. Alan G. Merten on April 4, 1997. From left to right are: Dr. Alan Merten (1996-2012), Dr. George W. Johnson (1978-1996), Dr. Robert C. Krug (1977-1978), and Dr. Vergil H. Dykstra (1973-1977). Photograph…

  • 1963

    a look back...

    Photograph of freshman student and founding editor of the Gunston Ledger, Helen H. Momsen (Johnson). Photograph was taken on the grounds of the Bailey's Crossroads campus on March 10, 1963 by fellow stident Richard Sparks.

  • 1995

    a look back...

    An exterior photograph of the University Learning Center (now kown as the George W. Johnson Center) taken in 1995, the year the building originally opened. 35mm slide; color.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 1979

    a look back...

    Dr. Johnson posing for a picture inside of Student Union Building I on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University. Outside the window, the Fenwick Library Tower is the structure on the left and Robinson Hall A is the structure to the right. This picture was taken during Dr. Johnson's…

  • 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.