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 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." 


Theodore Roosevelt Remembered
Theodore Roosevelt Remembered

Theodore Roosevelt Remembered

This exhibition examined the life and career of explorer, author, explorer, soldier, reformer, conservationist and 26th President of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt.  This exhibition was created in conjunction with the 96th meeting of the Theodore Roosevelt Association.


The Military Historical Society
The Military Historical Society

The Military Historical Society of Massachusetts: A Nineteenth Century Perspective

This exhibition highlights the history of The Military Historical Society of Massachusetts.


Jean-Marie-Gustave-Le-Clezio
Jean-Marie-Gustave-Le-Clezio

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio

This small exhibition followed the life and career of the 2008 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio.


Ardent for Some Desperate Glory
Ardent for Some Desperate Glory

Ardent for Some Desperate Glory: Remembering The First World War

This exhibition featured material from several collections housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center that span from the lead up to World War I through its aftermath. The exhibition featured reproductions of rare World War I propaganda posters, as well as original manuscripts, photographs, correspondence and scrapbooks relating to the Great War.