The exhibitions at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center are a vital part of our role as cultural presenter. 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 Richards-Frost Room featuring the exhibition, The American Civil War: Treasures from the Vault.
Portrait of an Artist: The Life and Work of Edward Sorel
This major retrospective exhibition explores the life and work of the iconic illustrator, satirist, author, and political cartoonist, Edward Sorel. The twenty-four case exhibition features original material from the Edward Sorel Collection at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, including original artwork, cartoons, correspondence, awards, books, and photographs.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Pin His Ear to the Wisdom Post: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the School of Prophets
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who received his doctorate from the School of Theology in 1955 six months before he stepped into history as the leader of the legendary Montgomery Bus Boycott, is not merely the most celebrated graduate of Boston University; he is its quintessential alumnus, the personification of the vision its founders had in establishing the institution in 1839.
What's New in Our Vault
This exhibition showcases a variety of material from the recent additions to our collections at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
Martin Luther King Jr. & Edward Brooke
A View From the Vault
Behind the glass in the Gotlieb Gallery exhibition hall is an extensive exhibition of the papers of over fifty of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's collectees. The exhibition features the private letters, notes, annotated manuscripts, published volumes, photographs, and personal scrapbooks of these notable figures.
Howard Thurman: Philosopher. Theologian. Educator.
This exhibition examines the life and work of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary public theologians, educators, and civil rights figures, Dr. Howard Thurman (1899-1981). Selected by Life Magazine in 1953 as one of the twelve "Great Preachers" of the twentieth century, Dr. Thurman addressed more than five hundred colleges and institutions around the globe, received seventeen honorary degrees, and authored over twenty books.