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.

  • 1979

    a look back...

    Photograph of George Mason University President George W. Johnson speaking at the opening of Virginia Square Metro Station, Arlington, Virginia, December 1, 1979. George Mason University's Arlington Campus and the School of Law is located near this station. Photo is 8" x 10"; black and…

  • 1967

    a look back...

    Virginia state senator Charles Rogers Fenwick speaks at the Fenwick Library Dedication ceremonies, December 15, 1967.

  • 2007

    a look back...

    Aerial photograph of part of the George Mason University, Fairfax campus published in the Winter 2007 issue of The Mason Spirit, on page 28. In the right-hand frame the George W. Johnson Learning Center can be seen. Above it, Patriot Center and Innovation Hall. In the center of the frame,…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 1994

    a look back...

    Architectural drawing of Academic I on George Mason University's Prince William Campus. This image is dated March 16, 1994 about three and half years before the completion of the building in September 1997. Image is 8.5" x 11", black and white.

  • 1963

    a look back...

    Photograph of a classroom at the Bailey's Crossroads Campus of George Mason College, ca. 1963. 8" x 10" print; black and white.

  • 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:…