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.

BU Artist and Poet Books
BU Artist and Poet Books

Boston University Artist & Poet Books

"The Artist and Poet Books" have been created as a unique form of creative collaboration for almost twenty years by Boston University's College of Fine Arts and the Graduate School. Each second-year CFA graduate art student creates a unique "artist book" which illustrates and prints a single poem by a Graduate School student or faculty writer.


Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pin His Ear to the Wisdom Post: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the School of Prophets

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who received his doctorate from the School of Theology in 1955 six months before he stepped into history as the leader of the legendary Montgomery Bus Boycott, is not merely the most celebrated graduate of Boston University; he is its quintessential alumnus, the personification of the vision its founders had in establishing the institution in 1839.


Ride of the Valkyries
Ride of the Valkyries

Richard Wagner in Context

The exhibition, created in conjunction with the Boston University's School of Music, includes photographs of Wagner and wife, Cosima, Wagner performers including Olive Fremstad in full costume as well as Bayreuth Festival performers Gotthelf Pistor and Emmy Kruger from Tristan unde Isolde and Friedrich Schorr as Odin, in disguise, from Siegfried. There is also correspondence, a facsimile page of a portion of the original hand-written score of Die Walkure, and illustrations from a Swedish edition of The Nibelungen Ring. The material was culled from the Olive Fremstad Collection, the Eva Wagner Chamberlain Collection, the Edwin McArthur Collection, and the Karin Branzell Collection.    


Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

The Fairbanks Legacy: The Archives of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

This exhibition provides an insight into the many facets that composed the life and career of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.: actor, producer, decorated naval officer, diplomat, author, and public servant.


Robin Williams
Robin Williams

What's New in Our Vault

This exhibition showcases a variety of material from the recent additions to our collections at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.