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.

Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming: Actor, Director and Producer


Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

The Victorians

This three-case exhibition, presented in conjunction with The Dickens Society's 22nd Annual Symposium: Interdisciplinary Dickens, highlighted the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's extensive holdings in Victoriana. 


Dr. Spock
Dr. Spock

For the Love of Spock

This one-case exhibition explored one of television's most iconic characters, Star Trek's Dr. Spock. Curated by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's Student Advisory Board, the exhibition featured original material from the Leonard Nimoy Collection, including photographs, correspondence, call sheets, scripts, story boards, and a set of prosthetic Vulcan ears. 


John Lescroart
John Lescroart

John Lescroart

This three-case exhibition explored the life and career of New York Times best-selling thriller, legal, and mystery author, John Lescroart. 


The Great War
The Great War

The Great War

This three-case exhibition examined Massachusetts' role during World War I for the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts conference, "Fighting Doughboys: Massachusetts Called to Arms in WWI."