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.

  • 1990

    a look back...

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 1979

    a look back...

    Photograph of George Mason University president, George W. Johnson captured during his inaugural speech, April 7, 1979. The event took place in the gymnasium of the Physical Education Building (later renamed the Recreation and Athletics Complex or RAC).

  • 1972

    a look back...

    Members of the George Mason University Board of Visitors take part in the swearing-in ceremony at the Inaugural Meeting of the George Mason University Board of Visitors, May 31, 1972. Participants in this photo are unidentified. 8" x 10" photograph print; black and white.

  • 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"…

  • 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…

  • 1966

    a look back...

    Architect's rendering of Fenwick Library on George Mason College's Fairfax, Virginia campus created in 1966 by Vosbeck - Vosbeck, and Associates Architects. 8" x 10" print; grayscale.

  • 1979

    a look back...

    Dean Ralph N. Norvell stands at the north side of the George Mason University School of Law building at 3351 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington Virginia. This building was originally a Kann's department store before the International School of Law acquired it in 1975. This photo was taken…

  • 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.