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.
Boston University Presidents
Boston Univeristy Presidents
This two-case exhibition features material from the Boston University Archives on the history of the Presidents of Boston University. The exhibition features correspondence, photographs, articles, press releases, programs, memorabilia, and books ranging from BU's inaugural president, William Fairfield Warren, to its current president, Robert A. Brown.
BU Artist and Poet Books
Boston University Artist & Poet Books
The Artist and Poet Books have been created as a unique form of creative collaboration for almost twenty years by Boston University's College of Fine Arts and the Graduate School. Each second-year CFA graduate art student creates a unique artist book which illustrates and prints a single poem by a Graduate School student or faculty writer.
This small exhibition features material from Argentinian author, journalist, and social activist Luisa Valenzuela.
William T Vollmann
A Sense of Inexhaustibility: The Works of William Vollmann
This exhibition highlights the work of novelist, journalist, war correspondent, short story writer, and essayist William T. Vollmann and was created in collaboration with "A Sense of Inexhaustibility: A Colloquium on William T. Vollmann," October 7, 2016.
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
The Fairbanks Legacy: The Archives of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
This exhibition provides an insight into the many facets that composed the life and career of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.: actor, producer, decorated naval officer, diplomat, author, and public servant.