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.

Jack Vance
Jack Vance

Jack Vance - In Memoriam, 1916-2013

This small exhibition highlighted the life and work of author John Holbrook Vance, known to his many loyal fans by his pen name "Jack Vance", an award-winning mystery, fantasy and science fiction author.


Max Ascoli
Max Ascoli

The Indelible Italian Spirit

This exhibtion feastures original material from Max Ascoli, Italian-born founding editor of the influential American magazine The Reporter; Danilo Dolci, Italian advocate of non-violent protest best known for his work against poverty, social exclusion and the Mafia in Sicily; and Oriana Fallaci, internationally acclaimed journalist best known for her uncompromising political interviews.


Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming: Actor, Director and Producer

This exhibition, from the archive of new collectee, Alan Cumming, a includes original material from the award-winning actor, author, performer, and activist's life and career.


Deborah Voigt
Deborah Voigt

Deborah Voigt: Journey in the World of Opera

This three-case exhibition explored the life and career of internationally-acclaimed operatic soprano Deborah Voigt.


Bette Davis
Bette Davis

A Retrospective Exhibition of the Life and Work of Bette Davis

A rare glimpse of the original scripts, photographs, letters and awards that comprise this vast, comprehensive archival collection. This exhibition allowed viewers to experience both the public persona and the private life of one of the most enduring legends of the cinema.