Past Exhibitions

The exhibitions at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center are a vital part of our role as cultural presenters. 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.

History of Nursing
History of Nursing

History of Nursing Through Fifty Years of Collecting

This six-case exhibition traces the past, present, and future of the nursing occupation through the collections held at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's The History of Nursing Archives. The exhibition was launched at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of The History of Nursing Archives and Nursing Archives Associates.


Mark Ruffalo & Mike Rezendes
Mark Ruffalo & Mike Rezendes

Mike Rezendes: Boston Globe’s Spotlight

This three-case exhibition examines the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Boston Globe Spotlight team member Mike Rezendes, whose work on the Boston Catholic Church sex abuse cover-up was portrayed in the Academy Award-winning film Spotlight.


Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop: A Life in Music

This three-case exhibition explores the life and career of Conductor & Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop. Hailed as one of the world's leading conductors for her artistic vision and commitment to accessibility in classical music, Marin Alsop made history with her appointment as the 12th music director of the Baltimore Symphony in 2007, the first woman to head a major American orchestra. Her tenure as the BSO's music director has garnered national and international attention for her innovative programming and artistry. Ms. Alsop is also the principal conductor of the Sao Paulo Orchestra in Brazil, which she has led on several major tours of Europe & Brazil, as well as the first appearance by a Brazilian orchestra at the BBC Proms.


Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling

Aaron Spelling: A Retrospective of Prime-Time Success

Employing personal and professional photographs, correspondence and colorful programs, this exhibition documents and life and career of Aaron Spelling. He created 90210 and many other hit TV shows.


Betty Buckley
Betty Buckley

Betty Buckley: Performance From the Heart

This exhibition documents the career of actress-singer Betty Buckley, from her beginnings as a young beauty pageant contestant - she was "Miss Fort Worth," runner up in the Miss Texas Pageant - through her impressive, dynamic and diverse career on Broadway, television, film and on the concert stage