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.

  • 1972

    a look back...

    Governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr., signing H-210, the bill which separated George Mason College from its parent institution, University of Virginia on April 7, 1972 at his office in Richmond. Pictured left to right are: Student Government President James Corrigan, Governor Linwood Holton,…

  • 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…

  • 1970

    a look back...

    Photograph of two individuals standing on top of the covered walkway on the eastern side of the West Building. They are posing next to a sign reading: "U.S. Out of Southeast Asia Free All Political Prisoners." Original imge is a 3" x 4" 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:…

  • 1994

    a look back...

    Photograph of the St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel located on Roberts Road in Fairfax. This photograph was taken on December 3, 1994 the day of its dedication. Photo is 5" x 7"; 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.

  • 1990

    a look back...

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

  • 1977

    a look back...

    Photograph of University President, Dr. Robert C. Krug, at his desk at George Mason University, Fairfax Campus. Photograph is undated, but is most probably ca. 1977 or 1978. 5" x 7" photograph print; black and white.

  • 1992

    a look back...

    Architect's sketch of the exterior of the University Learning Center (later the George W. Johnson Learning Center). Construction on this building was completed in 1995. This drawing is most likely from 1992 or 1993. 8.5" x 11" reproduction; color.

  • 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…