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.

  • 1973

    a look back...

    Photograph of new president of George Mason University, Vergil H. Dykstra (right), shaking hands with Vice President for Academic Affairs, Robert C. Krug (left) while former president, Lorin A Thompson (center), looks on. Dykstra is holding the keys to the office in his left hand. The keys…

  • 1989

    a look back...

    Architectural drawing of the Center for the Arts on George Mason University's Fairfax Campus. This image was most likely created in 1989 about a year before the completion of the building in 1990. Photograph is 8" x 10", black and white.

  • 1964

    a look back...

    Photograph by Oliver Atkins of director, Robert H. Reid addressing the George Mason College Dedication, November 12, 1964. Directly behind him is the North Building (now named the Finley Building).

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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,…

  • 1968

    a look back...

    Graduating Class of 1968 on the steps of the Lecture Hall immediately after the ceremony. Fifty-two graduates participated in the first Commencement for George Mason College as a four-year institution on June 9, 1968. 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 1964

    a look back...

    Front and back of photograph of construction of the South Building (today Krug Hall) George Mason College, Fairfax, Virginia campus taken March 27, 1964. 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 2013

    a look back...

    Graphic attached to an email message sent to George Mason University students, faculty, and staff on March 21, 2013 announcing the approval of the Mason Vision document by the George Mason University Board of Visitors on March 20, 2013. In the center of the graphic there is a link to a…

  • 1967

    a look back...

    View of the Fenwick Library Dedication ceremony, of December 15, 1967 at Fairfax, Virginia. Ceremony is taking place in the newly built library's first-level book stacks section. Speaker appears to be George Mason College Chancellor, Lorin A. Thompson.