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.

  • 1990

    a look back...

    Aerial photograph of Patriot Center ca. 1990. Image is from a 35 mm slide; color.

  • 1991

    a look back...

    Senior guard, Steve Moran of the George Mason University Mens Basketball team defends against an unidentified player from the College of William and Mary. The game between the two members of the Colonial Athletic Association took place on January 9, 1991 in Patriot Center at Fairfax,…

  • 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…

  • 1971

    a look back...

    Photograph of an architectural sketch for the Physical Education Building completed in 1972 and now known as the Recreation and Athletics Complex (RAC). This appears to be a fairly late sketch, as it very accurately depicts the look of the final building. Photo had two strips of paper…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 1956

    a look back...

    Photostatic copy of Virginia House of Delegates Joint Resolution No. 5, establishing a Northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia, February 24, 1956.

  • 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.