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.

The History of Italian Exile and Anti-Fascism
The History of Italian Exile and Anti-Fascism

The History of Italian Exile and Anti-Fascism

This three-case exhibition explores the life and career of three of Italy's most prolific intellectuals and activists: journalist and author Max Ascoli, journalist and interviewer Oriana Fallaci, and social activist and sociologist Danilo Dolci.


Dr. Spock
Dr. Spock

For the Love of Spock

This one-case exhibition explores one of television's most iconic characters, Star Trek's Dr. Spock. Curated by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's Student Advisory Board, the exhibition features original material from the Leonard Nimoy Collection, including photographs, correspondence, call sheets, scripts, story boards, and a set of prosthetic Vulcan ears.


John Lescroart
John Lescroart

John Lescroart

This three-case exhibition explores the life and career of New York Times best-selling thriller, legal, and mystery author, John Lescroart.


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.    


The Great War
The Great War

The Great War

This three-case exhibition examines Massachusetts' role during World War I for the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts conference, "Fighting Doughboys: Massachusetts Called to Arms in WWI."