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.


Soldiers for Equality - From Phillis Wheatley to the 20th Century

This exhibition, utilizing material from a variety of collections among the Center's holdings, traces the African American experience from slavery and emancipation to activism and personal achievements in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Portrait of Igor Stravinsky by Pablo Picasso
Portrait of Igor Stravinsky by Pablo Picasso

Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)

One hundred and one years ago, Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre Du Printemps premiered in Paris at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. Produced by the Ballets Russes impresario Serge Diaghilev, with a mis en scene by Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky; choreography by Nijinsky. The opening night audience was not pleased by Stravinsky's dissonant percussive score and a riot broke out in the theatre.


Deborah Voigt
Deborah Voigt

Deborah Voigt: Journey in the World of Opera

This three-case exhibition explores the life and career of internally acclaimed operatic soprano Deborah Voigt.


Theodore Roosevelt Remembered
Theodore Roosevelt Remembered

Theodore Roosevelt Remembered

This exhibition examines the life and career of explorer, author, explorer, soldier, reformer, conservationist and 26th President of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt.  This exhibition was created in conjunction with the 96th meeting of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. 


Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy: In Memorian

This two-case exhibition follows the career of the late actor, director, producer and photographer Leonard Nimoy, who passed away on February 27, 2015. Best known for his role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek: The Original Series, Nimoy enjoyed a varied entertainment career and followed many artistic pursuits, which are highlighted in the exhibition. The exhibition includes a ticket from Nimoy's first theatrical production in 1939, photographs of Nimoy behind the scenes directing, storyboards & scripts from Star Trek episodes & movies, his second memoir I Am Spock, a collection of his photography, and a Replica star given to Leonard Nimoy to commemorate the placement of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.