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.

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.


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.


Robert F Kennedy
Robert F Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy: An Exhibition

This two-case exhibition explores the life and career of Senator Robert F. Kennedy through material from the collections of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. The exhibition features correspondence relating to the death of his brother President John F. Kennedy's, campaign documents and notes from his 1968 Presidential campaign, first-hand accounts of his assassination on June 5, 1968, and programs and condolence notes from his funeral.


Mary Astor's Purple Diary
Mary Astor's Purple Diary

Ed Sorel: Master Illustrator

This three-case exhibition features the original artwork from satirist and cartoonist Edward Sorel's new book, Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936. The book covers the life of famed actress and Maltese Falcon star Mary Astor, and her custody court case that knocked Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco off the front pages of America's newspapers. Also on display is one case of original material from the Mary Astor collection housed at the Gotlieb Center, which includes personal photographs, production stills, biography drafts and correspondence.


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.