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.

Ride of the Valkyries
Ride of the Valkyries

Richard Wagner in Context

The exhibition, created in conjunction with the Boston University's School of Music, includes photographs of Wagner and wife, Cosima, Wagner performers including Olive Fremstad in full costume as well as Bayreuth Festival performers Gotthelf Pistor and Emmy Kruger from Tristan unde Isolde and Friedrich Schorr as Odin, in disguise, from Siegfried. There is also correspondence, a facsimile page of a portion of the original hand-written score of Die Walkure, and illustrations from a Swedish edition of The Nibelungen Ring. The material was culled from the Olive Fremstad Collection, the Eva Wagner Chamberlain Collection, the Edwin McArthur Collection, and the Karin Branzell Collection.    


The Great War
The Great War

The Great War

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


Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt and the Spanish-American War

This three-case exhibition explores future United States President Theodore Roosevelt's role leading up to and during the Spanish-American War of 1898. 


Bud Collins
Bud Collins

Bud Collins: Sports Journalist - Champion of Champions

This exhibition celebrates the life and career of legendary sportscaster Bud Collins. A giant in the field of both print and broadcast sports journalism, Collins is widely credited with helping raise the profile of tennis in the United States--especially women's tennis--to the level of a major international sport. This exhibition features personal and professional photographs, awards, articles written by Collins (including early pieces on Muhammad Ali), book manuscripts, television script pages, correspondence and memorabilia.


William Shakespeare First Folio
William Shakespeare First Folio

From Manuscript to Moveable Type: The Information Shift That Brought About Modern Learning

This exhibition examines the information shift caused by the advent of the printing press and its effects on modern learning. Featured items include a 9th Century Hymnal Leaf; a Leaf from the Gutenberg Bible (c. 1454); a 15th Century Book of Hours Leaf; and an excerpt from William Shakespeare's First Folio (1623).  From Manuscript to Moveable Type is a collaboration between the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning at the Boston University College of General Studies.