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.

  • 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…

  • 1997

    a look back...

    Dr. Karen E. Rosenblum, Vice President, University Life, in a portrait photograph taken taken on July 24, 1997. Original is and 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 1953

    a look back...

    Photograph of John Norville Gibson Finley at his desk at the Northern Virgnia University Center on the campus of Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Va.

  • 1964

    a look back...

    Photograph taken by Richard Sparks of Craig Movers van moving books and supplies from the Bailey's Crossroads building to the new branch college at Fairfax, on either August 26 or 27, 1964. A brief video taken of the move out of Bailey's Crossroads can be viewed at:…

  • 1985

    a look back...

    Dr. Roy A. Rosenzweig seated at a desk in front of a personal computer reading a document. Photograph is undated but most likely taken circa 1985. 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 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...

    Photograph by Oliver F. Atkins of participants in the reception following the dedication ceremonies at George Mason College, Fairfax, Va, November 12, 1964. This event is taking place in the North (now Finley) Building. Pictured here are, from immediate left to right: John Norville Gibson…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.