Current Exhibitions

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.

 

Click Here for a List and Descriptions of Past Exhibitions

The Richards-Frost Room featuring the exhibition, The American Civil War: Treasures from the Vault.

Martin Luther King Jr. & Edward Brooke
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
Howard Thurman

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.


Arthur Fiedler
Arthur Fiedler

Boston's Great Maestro Arthur Fiedler

The exhibition Boston's Great Maestro Arthur Fiedler documents the life and career of Arthur Fiedler and his legendary association with the Boston Pops.


Luisa Valenzuela
Luisa Valenzuela

Luisa Valenzuela

This small exhibition features material from Argentinian author, journalist, and social activist Luisa Valenzuela.


History of Nursing Archives
History of Nursing Archives

History of Nursing Archives

This exhibition highlights the past, present, and future of the nursing occupation through the collections held at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's History of Nursing Archives.