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.

Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel

Champion for Human Rights: The Life & Work of Elie Wiesel

This exhibition features material from political activist, human rights advocate, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel (1928 - 2016). The exhibition highlights Professor Wiesel's life and work, from his early life growing up in Sighet, Romania, through surviving the Holocaust, and his work promoting remembrance and advocating for human rights across the globe. Material on display includes original speech drafts, book manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, newspaper articles, awards, and memorabilia.


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


Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald

Jazz: America's Music

This exhibition, prepared to coincide with "Jazz, Criticism, and American Politics," an international conference organized by the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Boston University, features highlights from a number of the jazz artists' collections housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.



Charles Keil, Ethnomusicologist

This single-case exhibition pays tribute to the career and varied interests of scholar, teacher and activist Charles Keil.