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...

    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.

  • 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.

  • 1968

    a look back...

    Procession of the Graduating Class of 1968 as they leave the East Building on towards the Lecture Hall. Fifty-two graduates participated in the first Commencement for George Mason College as a four-year institution on June 9, 1968. The South Building can be seen to the left. 8" x 10"…

  • 1964

    a look back...

    Photograph taken by Richard M. Sparks of students Marianne Torregrossa, Kathy Parnell, Anne Walker, and Jim Pracht exiting a classroom and entering the front foyer of Bailey's Crossroads campus of George Mason College, April 1964.

  • 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…

  • 1978

    a look back...

    Photograph of George Mason University professor, Edmund (Fred) Millar with fellow faculty members at a rally at George Mason University Fairfax Campus, February 5, 1978. 8" x 10" photograph; black and white.

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 1967

    a look back...

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

  • 1993

    a look back...

    George Mason University Center for the Arts, ca. 1993. The final structure of the three-phase Humanities complex, the Center for the Arts serves as George Mason's premiere performing arts venue. The Center's Concert Hall was designed by theatrical and acoustical consultant George Izenour…