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.

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
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.


Bidu Sayao
Bidu Sayao

Bidu Sayao: A Tribute

Bidu Sayao: A Tribute - This small exhibition follows the life and career of Brazilian-American opera star Bidu Sayao.


Gutenberg Bible
Gutenberg Bible

A Noble Fragment Being a Leaf of the Gutenberg Bible

This small exhibition features a rare paper leaf from the 42-line Gutenberg Bible, which was printed by Johannes Gutenberg in the 1450s. The Gutenberg Bible was the first major book printed using mass-produced movable type and marked the start of the age of the printed book in the West.


Constantin Alajalov
Constantin Alajalov

Constantin Alajalov: Illustrator and Painter

This exhibition features the artwork of renowned New Yorker and Saturday Evening Post illustrator, Constantin Alajalov.


Helen Deutsch
Helen Deutsch

Helen Deutsch: Pioneering Screenwriter

This exhibition highlights the life and career of award-winning and pioneering screenwriter, songwriter, composer, author, and journalist Helen Deutsch.