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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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, April 1964. The fire department was located next door to George Mason College on Route 7. Note the stencil on the back of the…

  • 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.

  • 1986

    a look back...

    Dr. Roy A. Rozenzweig sitting at the edge of a desk, January 10, 1986. 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 1993

    a look back...

    Reproduction of the First Floor Plan, University Learning Center (later the George W. Johnson Learning Center). Construction on this building was completed in 1995. This reproduction is most likely from 1993. 8.5" x 11", photostatic reproduction; black and white.

  • 1965

    a look back...

    Aerial photograph portraying the newly-built George Mason College, Fairfax campus, ca. 1965. Buildings from top left are: East, South, West, and North. 5" x 7" photograph print; 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.

  • 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…

  • 1985

    a look back...

    Dr. Roy A. Rosenzweig seated at a desk in front of a personal computer reading a document. Photograph is undated but most likely taken circa 1985. 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.