Past Exhibitions

The exhibitions at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center are a vital part of our role as cultural presenters. 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 Bay State Banner
The Bay State Banner

Boston Revisited: Fifty Years of the Bay State Banner

This major exhibition is presented in conjunction with the publication of the book, Boston's Banner Years: 1965 - 2015.; This volume is a celebration of the challenges and successes of the community chronicled by The Bay State Banner over five decades. What the book tells in text, the exhibition displays in images. 


Tell Them About the Dream
Tell Them About the Dream

Tell Them About the Dream

This six-case major exhibition explores the life and work of civil rights leader, Nobel Prize-winner, and Baptist minister, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel: Champion For Human Rights

This six-case exhibition featured original material from author, political activist, human rights advocate, and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Elie Wiesel.


Quest for Justice
Quest for Justice

Quest for Justice

This major exhibition highlights the life and work of authors, social activists, and the co-founders of the National Committee to Secure Justice in the Rosenberg Case, David and Emily Alman.


Joan Collins
Joan Collins

Dame Joan Collins

This small exhibition celebrates the life and work of actress, author, and columnist Joan Collins.