A VIEW FROM THE VAULT: Fifty Years of Collecting


Behind the glass in the exhibit hall is an extensive exhibition of the papers of over 150 individuals in more than 60 exhibit cases where you will find the private letters, notes, annotated manuscripts, published volumes, photographs, and personal scrapbooks of the collectees of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. The names - Martin Luther King, Jr., Elie Wiesel, Senator Edward W. Brooke - welcome every visitor to the gallery as they enter. Curated as a group effort by the archival and administrative staff of the Gotlieb Center, and innovatively mounted for presentation by a team of our student interns, the exhibition profiles the enormous breath of history captured in the archives of the public figures collected by the Center over fifty years.

Journalists David Halberstam, Oriana Fallaci and Dan Rather are displayed, along with Alistair Cooke, Frances FitzGerald and Martha Gellhorn. The personal memorabilia and papers of the great divas of Broadway Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Betty Buckley are shown side by side. The personal papers of actors BD Wong and Mary-Louise Parker share an exhibit case, as do the scripts and photographs of actors Willem Dafoe and Claude Rains. The pairings go on: poets Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni; opera greats Rudolf Bing and Sarah Caldwell; journalists Jonathan Alter and Philip Caputo; film and dance legends Shirley MacLaine and Gene Kelly as well as Fred & Adele Astaire, among others.

Drawn from a fraction of the nearly 2,000 collections at the Center, this exhibition highlights major figures who have influenced our cultural arts and social history, lending us a window into their biographies and the evolution of their professions.

Located on the first and fifth floors of Mugar Memorial Library. The exhibition can be viewed during regular library hours

Alan Cumming
Martin Luther King Jr. & Edward Brooke