Current Exhibitions

The exhibitions at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center are a vital part of our role as cultural presenter. The exhibitions enable Boston University students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, to explore first-hand the Center's remarkable collections.

Drawing on personal papers, news articles, historic pictures, personal effects and other memorabilia to tell their stories, our exhibits provide rare insights into both the public personae and the private lives of the more than 2,000 extraordinary people whose archives are housed here. The Center also presents exhibits on political, social, religious and cultural movements that have played critical roles in contemporary culture, such as the African American experience, 20th century espionage, or the history of comic art. Whatever the exhibit's focus, viewers come away with a deeper understanding of the people and events that continue to shape our lives.

 

Click Here for a List and Descriptions of Past Exhibitions

The Richards-Frost Room featuring the exhibition, The American Civil War: Treasures from the Vault.

Mary Astor's Purple Diary
Mary Astor's Purple Diary

Ed Sorel: Master Illustrator

This three-case exhibition features the original artwork from satirist and cartoonist Edward Sorel's new book, Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936. The book covers the life of famed actress and Maltese Falcon star Mary Astor, and her custody court case that knocked Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco off the front pages of America's newspapers. Also on display is one case of original material from the Mary Astor collection housed at the Gotlieb Center, which includes personal photographs, production stills, biography drafts and correspondence.


Robert F Kennedy
Robert F Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy: An Exhibition

This two-case exhibition explores the life and career of Senator Robert F. Kennedy through material from the collections of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. The exhibition features correspondence relating to the death of his brother President John F. Kennedy's, campaign documents and notes from his 1968 Presidential campaign, first-hand accounts of his assassination on June 5, 1968, and programs and condolence notes from his funeral.


William T Vollmann
William T Vollmann

A Sense of Inexhaustibility: The Works of William Vollmann

This exhibition highlights the work of novelist, journalist, war correspondent, short story writer, and essayist William T. Vollmann and was created in collaboration with "A Sense of Inexhaustibility: A Colloquium on William T. Vollmann," October 7, 2016.


Bud Collins
Bud Collins

Bud Collins: Sports Journalist - Champion of Champions

This exhibition celebrates the life and career of legendary sportscaster Bud Collins. A giant in the field of both print and broadcast sports journalism, Collins is widely credited with helping raise the profile of tennis in the United States--especially women's tennis--to the level of a major international sport. This exhibition features personal and professional photographs, awards, articles written by Collins (including early pieces on Muhammad Ali), book manuscripts, television script pages, correspondence and memorabilia.


Howard Thurman
Howard Thurman

Howard Thurman: Philosopher. Theologian. Educator.

This exhibition examines the life and work of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary public theologians, educators, and civil rights figures, Dr. Howard Thurman (1899-1981). Selected by Life Magazine in 1953 as one of the twelve "Great Preachers" of the twentieth century, Dr. Thurman addressed more than five hundred colleges and institutions around the globe, received seventeen honorary degrees, and authored over twenty books.