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The Main Gallery at Special Collections.

Exhibitions

  1. Overview
  2. Main Gallery Exhibitions
    1. 2002–Current
    2. 1995–2001
    3. 1986–1994
  3. Lincoln Exhibitions
  4. First Floor Exhibitions
    1. Information Area Exhibitions
    2. Single Case Exhibitions
  5. Digital Collections

Overview

The exhibition program at the University of Delaware Library includes major exhibitions in the Special Collections gallery, smaller exhibits in the Information Area on the first floor of Morris Library, and displays of recent publications by University faculty and staff.

The Special Collections Department sponsors two major exhibitions each year in the Library's gallery. These exhibitions, which focus on a variety of subjects, are composed of books, manuscripts, ephemera, and realia from Special Collections. Catalogs and checklists have been published for selected exhibitions and many of them are available in on–line versions. The following lists of exhibitions (in reverse chronological order) indicate the availability of catalogs or checklists and are linked to the on–line versions when available.

Please ask Special Collections for more information, or contact the Office of the Director at (302) 831–2231 to purchase publications.

Main Gallery Exhibitions

2002–Current
  1. Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted: William S. Burroughs at 100, curated by Maureen Cech and Timothy Murray, January 28th, 2014 – June 13th, 2014.
  2. Henry Morris, Printer: The Life and Times of the Bird and Bull Press, curated by Alexander C. Johnston, August 20, 2013 – December 13, 2013.
  3. In Focus: Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital, curated by Maureen Cech and L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, January 29, 2013 – June 14, 2013.
  4. Perfecting Nature: Medicine, Metallurgy and Mysticism – Alchemical Texts from Special Collections, curated by Laurie Rizzo, August 21, 2012 – December 20, 2012.
  5. Dickens at 200: 1812–2012, curated by Jaime Margalotti, January 24, 2012 – June 8, 2012.
  6. Decade of Donors 2000-2010, curated by Maureen Cech, Evan Echols, and Alexander C. Johnston, August 23 – December 16, 2011.
  7. Playwrights, Production and Performance: American Theater in the 20th Century, curated by Timothy D. Murray and Laurie Rizzo, January 28 – June 8, 2011.
  8. London Bound: American Writers in Britain, 1870–1916, curated by Mark Samuels Lasner and Margaret Stetz, August 24 – December 17, 2010.
  9. Games People Play: A Historical Perspective, curated by Iris R. Snyder, January 26 – June 25, 2010.
  10. ABC: An Alphabet Exhibition, curated by Iris R. Snyder, August 24 – December 18, 2009.
  11. Abraham Lincoln: A Bicentennial Celebration, curated by Timothy D. Murray and Iris R. Snyder, January 27 – June 5, 2009.
  12. Building the Future, Remembering the Past: Fifty Years of the University of Delaware Library Associates, curated by Timothy D. Murray, Iris R. Snyder, and Jesse Rossa, August 19 – December 12, 2008.
  13. Little Known Histories of Newark, 1758–2008, curated by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin and and Jaime L. Margalotti, February 19 – June 20, 2008.
  14. Ishmael Reed: An Exhibition, curated by Timothy D. Murray, August 16 – December 16, 2007.
  15. The Animal Kingdom: Six Centuries of Zoological Illustration, curated by Iris R. Snyder, February 13 – June 12, 2007.
  16. From Verne to Vonnegut: a Century of Science Fiction , curated by Iris R. Snyder, September – December 2006.
  17. Ezra Pound in His Time & Beyond, curated by Jesse Rossa, February 14 – June 16, 2006. Catalog available.
  18. Franklin & Friends: an exhibition, curated by Iris R. Snyder, August 16 – December 16, 2005.
  19. A Manuscript Sampler, curated by Timothy D. Murray, February 15 – June 17, 2005.
  20. John Depol: Artist and Engraver, curated by Iris R. Snyder, August 24 – December 17, 2004. Publication available.
  21. Literature Reimagined: An Exhibition of Illustrated Texts, curated by Iris R. Snyder, February 10 – June 18, 2004.
  22. Samuel Beckett: A Celebration, curated by Timothy D. Murray and Laura Cochrane, August 26 – December 19, 2003.
  23. Defining Her Life: Advice Books for Women, curated by Iris R. Snyder, February 11 – June 13, 2003.
  24. Recent Acquisitions. Selections from an exhibition in Special Collections, August 27 – December 18, 2002.
  25. Personal Visions: Artists' Books at the Millennium, curated by Iris R. Snyder, January 15, 2002 – June 9, 2002.

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1995–2001
  1. Picturing Delaware: Maps and Illustrations of the First State. Selections from an exhibition in Special Collections, curated by Iris R. Snyder, August 21, 2001 – December 19, 2001.
  2. The Art of Botanical Illustration, curated by Iris R. Snyder, February 8 – June 8, 2001.
  3. Paul Bowles, 1910 – 1999, curated by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin and Timothy D. Murray, August 22 – December 15, 2000. Catalog available.
  4. Progress Made Visible: American World's Fairs and Expositions, curated by Iris R. Snyder, February 8 – June 8, 2000.
  5. Forging a Collection: the Frank W. Tober Collection on Literary Forgery, curated by Timothy D. Murray, August 19 – December 15, 1999. Catalog available.
  6. Lands of Opportunity: Books of the States, curated by Iris R. Snyder, February 16 – June 11, 1999.
  7. Four Decades of Library Support: an Exhibition in Celebration of the Fortieth Anniversary of the University of Delaware Library Associates, curated by Timothy D. Murray and Iris R. Snyder, September 9 – December 16, 1998. Catalog available.
  8. World of the Child: Two Hundred Years of Children's Books, curated by Iris R. Snyder, February 17 – June 12, 1998.
  9. Self Works: Diaries, Scrapbooks, and other Autobiographical Efforts, curated by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, August 19 – December 18, 1997. Catalog available.
  10. William Faulkner: A Centenary Celebration, curated by Priscilla A. Thomas, March 17 – June 20, 1997.
  11. Color Printing in the Nineteenth Century: An Exhibition at the Hugh M. Morris Library, curated by Iris R. Snyder, August 27 – December 18, 1996. Catalog available.
  12. Trade Catalogs in the University of Delaware Library, curated by Timothy D. Murray and Iris R. Snyder, March 18 – July 15, 1996.
  13. Ernest Hemingway in His Time, curated by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin and Timothy D. Murray, August – December 1995. Brochure and checklist available.

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1986–1994
  1. Contemporary Artists' Prints in Books, curated by Max Yela and Timothy D. Murray, October 1994 – February 1995. Catalog available.
  2. An American Feast: Food, Dining, and Entertaining in the United States from Simmons to Rombauer, curated by Max Yela, June – September, 1994.
  3. "Irish Women Authors," curated by Timothy D. Murray and L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, February – June 1994. Catalog available.
  4. Delaware in Wartime, curated by Max Yela and L. Rebecca Johnson, August – December, 1993.
  5. First Books, curated by Timothy D. Murray, April – August, 1993.
  6. "The Gehenna Press: the Work of Fifty Years, 1942–1992," travelling exhibition, February – April, 1993.
  7. Hugh MacDiarmid: an Exhibition Celebrating the Centenary of His Birth, curated by Timothy D. Murray, August – December, 1992. Catalog available.
  8. Two Hundred Years Before the Mast: Sea Voyages in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, curated by Max Yela, February – June, 1992. Checklist available.
  9. "The Two–millionth volume: in Celebration," curated by Max Yela and L. Rebecca Johnson, October 1991 – February 1992. Keepsake available.
  10. "Delaware Collects," curated by Max Yela, June – September 1991. Catalog available.
  11. From Liquid to Vapor and Back: Four Centuries of the First Chemical Separation Process, curated by Lois Fischer Black, February – May, 1991. Catalog available.
  12. "John J. Williams of Delaware, U.S. Senator, 1947–1970," curated by L. Rebecca Johnson, October 1990 – January 1991. Guide to the collection available.
  13. Suitable for Cultivation: Horticultural Collections at the University of Delaware Library, curated by Max Yela, June – September, 1990. Catalog available.
  14. Paul Bowles at 80, curated by Timothy D. Murray, February – May 1990. Catalog available.
  15. "America on Vacation," curated by Max Yela, September 1989 – January 1990. Checklist available.
  16. "Selections from the Lloyd–Goodrich – Albert Pinkham Ryder Archive," curated by Dr. William Homer's Art History Seminar Students, April – August, 1989. Publication available.
  17. "East – West: Hand Papermaking Traditions and Innovations," curated by Alice D. Schreyer, December 1988 – March 1989. Catalog available.
  18. "Evolving Texts: the Writing of Tennessee Williams," curated by Timothy D. Murray, August – December 1988. Catalog available.
  19. New Sweden: the 350th Anniversary of the Settlement of the Swedes and Finns in Delaware, curated by Max Yela, March – July 1988. Catalog out of print.
  20. "Creature of Their Own Will: the Formative Years of the U.S. Constitution," curated by Max Yela, October 1987 – February 1988. Publication out of print.
  21. Seventy Years at the Hogarth Press, curated by Max Yela, May – September 1987. Publication available.
  22. Treasures of the University of Delaware Library, curated by Alice D. Schreyer and Max Yela, October 1986 – April 1987. Catalog out of print.

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Lincoln Exhibitions

  1. 1864: Year of Destiny, curated by Timothy D. Murray, February 10, 2014 – June 8, 2014
  2. Books Acquired in Memory of William W. Swayze, III, curated by Timothy D. Murray, July 18, 2013 – December 18, 2013
  3. Emancipation Proclamation and Its Legacies, curated by Laurie Rizzo, January 22, 2013 – June 3, 2013
  4. A State Divided: Delaware During the Civil War, curated by Maureen Cech, January 24, 2012 – December 20, 2012
  5. Selections from the Otto C. Rentner, Lincoln and Civil War Literature Collection , curated by Timothy D. Murray, June 1, 2011 – December 20, 2011
  6. Abraham Lincoln: A Bicentennial Celebration, curated by Timothy D. Murray and Iris R. Snyder, January 27 – June 5, 2009
  7. The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy, curated by Timothy D. Murray, February 4, 2008 – December 22, 2008
  8. Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties in Wartime, curated by Timothy D. Murray, February 7, 2006 – December 15, 2006

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First Floor Exhibitions

Information Area Exhibitions

  1. The Civil Rights Act of 1964: 50th Anniversary, February 4, 2014 - July 11, 2014
  2. Mario Vargas Llosa: Nobel Laureate, October 10, 2013 - December 13, 2013
  3. Earth Perfect: Selections from Special Collections and the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, June 5, 2013 – June 6, 2013
  4. Fighting for Equality: Remembering Littleton P. Mitchell, curated by Evan Echols, May 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013
  5. The World of the Graphic Novel, curated by Deavon Church, January 15, 2013 – April 30, 2013
  6. Zines! Self–Publishing Youth Culture, Then and Now, curated by Meg Grotti, August 14, 2012 – December 14, 2012
  7. Through the Years: The University of Delaware Through Yearbooks, curated by Thomas Pulhamus and Mary Durio, May 8, 2012 – July 2, 2012
  8. J. Saunders Redding: An Exhibition, curated by Timothy D. Murray, January 17, 2012 – April 27, 2012
  9. International Year of Chemistry 2011, curated by Laurie Rizzo, August 9, 2011 – December 14, 2011
  10. Poetry Slams: Where Artistic Verbal Creations Compete, curated by Lydia Collins and Amy Eyre, February 1, 2011 – June 10, 2011
  11. From Oxford to Narnia: the Literary World of C.S. Lewis, curated by Richard Campbell, September 20 – December 17, 2010
  12. Utilizing Wind to Generate Electricity: A Developing Alternative Power Source on the East Coast, curated by Mary Donnelly, July 9 – September 7, 2010
  13. Contemporary African American Literature from the Richard Hoffman Collection, curated by Timothy D. Murray, January 26 – June 29, 2010
  14. "The Lion Awakes: The Influence of Reggae Music and Bob Marley," curated by Michael Gutierrez, September 18, 2009 – December 18, 2009
  15. Milestones in the History of the University of Delaware Press, curated by Karen G. Druliner and Linda L. Stein, June 15 – September 11, 2009
  16. "Ships, Science, and Selection: The Life and Legacy of Charles Darwin," curated by Frederick Getze, January 19, 2009 – June 5, 2009
  17. "World Cinema Worldwide," curated by Meghann Matwichuk and Leigh Rifenburg, September – December 2008
  18. "United States Space Vehicles," curated by David Cardillo, June – September 2008
  19. "Locked in a Paper Cage: Society Reflected in Graphic Novels," curated by Mandi Townsend and Michael Gutierrez, February – June 2008
  20. "Biotechnology at the Dinner Table: the Genetically Modified Food Controversy," curated by Fritz Getze, October – December 2007
  21. Avant–garde Typography in Literature, curated by Jesse Rossa, June 16 – September 21, 2007
  22. The American Photographer As Historian, curated by Sally W. Donatello, June 13 – September 21, 2006
  23. Robin Hood: Selected Sources, curated by Iris R. Snyder, August 26 – December 16, 2005
  24. Vietnam In Their Own Words, curated by Shaun D. Mullen, June 3 – August 19, 2005
  25. American Wood Engravers, curated by Iris R. Snyder, August 24 – December 17, 2004
  26. Gardeners on Gardening, curated by Sally Donatello, June 1 – August 17, 2004
  27. Mother–Daughter Relationships in Contemporary Fiction, curated by Linda Lawrence Stein, October 2003 – January 2004
  28. In the Shadow of the Wizard: Literature Challenged, curated by Maggie Ferris and Michael Gutierrez, May 2003
  29. Shared Voices: Modern Gay Literature: A Bibliography, curated by Michael Gutierrez and Demaris Hollembeak, September – December, 2002
  30. Delaware Cooks: a Selection of Cookbooks Published in Delaware, curated by Iris R. Snyder, April 2, 2002 – August 9, 2002
  31. Labyrinths and Magic Flowers: Spotlighting Contemporary Latin American Literature, curated by Francis Poole, September 25, 2001 – March 18, 2002
  32. Dark Romanticism: Byron, Coleridge, Mary Shelley,and the Pursuit of the Supernatural, curated by Linda Lawrence Stein, May – September, 2001
  33. Our Forgotten Children: Resources on Child Abuse and Neglect, curated by Deborah Derry, February – May, 2000
  34. Tradition and the Polish Immigrant, curated by Sandra Ivanitch, September 1999 – January 2000
  35. Virginia Woolf Turning the Centuries, curated by Shiela Pardee, May – September, 1999
  36. Black, Brown, and Beige: A Centennial Tribute to Duke Ellington, curated by Carol A. Rudisell, February – May 1999
  37. African American Poetry, curated by Sharon Epps and Timothy D. Murray, February – May 1997
  38. The Underground Railroad in Delaware, curated by Ruth Hicks and Iris Snyder, June – October 1997
  39. Cinema Centenary 1895–1995, curated by Francis Poole, August 1995 – January 1996
  40. "Senator J. Allen Frear, Jr., U.S. Senate 1949–1960: Representing Delaware and Delawareans in the '50," curated by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin and Jennifer Paul, May – August 1995
  41. "Soyinka, Walcott, and Morrison: Black Nobel laureates in literature," curated by Carol Rudisell, January – August 1995

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Single Case Exhibitions

  1. Amiri Baraka (1934-2014), curated by Jaime Margalotti, February 10 - April 30, 2014
  2. J.F.K.: Poets Remember, curated by Curtis Small, November 22 – December 18, 2013
  3. In Memoriam: June D. MacArtor, Esquire, Delaware's Environmental Guardian, curated by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, June 27 – July 30, 2013
  4. National Poetry Month: Celebrating the poetry of Rita Dove , curated by Laurie Rizzo, April 1 – May 1, 2013
  5. Women’s History Month 2013: Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination, curated by Maureen Cech, March 1, 2013 – March 31, 2013
  6. At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: Black History Month 2013, curated by Laurie Rizzo, February 1, 2013 – February 28, 2013
  7. Credits and Debits: Viewing History through Account Books and Ledgers, curated by Jaime Margalotti and Marrette Pearsall, January 11, 2013 – January 30, 2013
  8. Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor, curated by Evan Echols, December 3, 2012 – December 20, 2012
  9. John Munroe: Delaware Historian, curated by Jaime Margalotti, November 13, 2012 – November 30, 2012
  10. Casablanca 70th Anniversary, curated by Francis Poole and Valerie Jones, November 1, 2012 – December 14, 2012
  11. Mario Vargas Llosa: an Exhibition, curated by Megan Gaffney, November 1, 2012 – November 30, 2012
  12. Motoring into Archives Month, curated by Jaime Margalotti, October 1, 2012 – October 31, 2012
  13. Congress Week 2012: Congress: Chosen by the People: Selections from the Willard Saulsbury, Jr., papers, curated by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, September 10, 2012 – October 1, 2012
  14. Delaware Beaches: Tales from the Deep End, curated by Laurie Rizzo, August 1, 2012 – September 4, 2012
  15. The American Revolution: a War for Independence, curated by Alexander C. Johnston, July 3, 2012– July, 31, 2012
  16. A Glimpse into the Dark Future: George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty–Four, curated by Evan Echols, June 5, 2012–July, 2, 2012
  17. The Kelmscott Chaucer, curated by Timothy Murray, June 1, 2012–June 2, 2012
  18. Virginia Spencer Carr, 1929–2012: A Biographer’s Work, curated by Rebecca Johnson Melvin, May 10, 2012 – June 30, 2012
  19. The War of 1812: America’s Forgotten War, curated by Alexander Johnston, May 1, 2012 – May 31, 2012
  20. Enjoy Magic With Warner Perry: An Exhibition, curated by Alexander Johnston, April 2, 2012 – April 30, 2012
  21. J.M.G. Le Clézio: An Exhibition, curated by Megan Gaffney, April 2, 2012 – May 14, 2012
  22. Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment: Celebrating Women’s History Month 2012, curated by Maureen Cech, March 1, 2012 – March 31, 2012
  23. Dickens and the Late Victorians, curated by Petra Clark and Mark Samuels Lassner, February 18, 2012 – March 1, 2012
  24. Celebrating Black Women in American Culture and History: Black History Month 2012, curated by Laurie Rizzo, February 1, 2012 – February 29, 2012
  25. Edith Wharton: Celebrating 150 Years, curated by Laurie Rizzo, January 4, 2012 – January 31, 2012
  26. A Chill In The Air: A Wintry Mix from Special Collection, curated by Maureen Cech, December 1, 2011 – December 23, 2011
  27. Coach Dave Nelson: A Tradition of Excellence, curated by Anita Wellner, November 2, 2011 – November 30, 2011
  28. Archives Month October 2011: The “Merci” Train, curated by Jaime Margalotti, October 4, 2011 – October 31, 2011
  29. Congress Week 2011: Of the People, By the People, For the People: Selections from the Papers of the Hon. Michael N. Castle, curated by Rebecca Johnson Melvin, September 12 - October 3, 2011
  30. Mediamorphosis: Periodicals Across the Pond, curated by Mark Samuels Lasner and Timothy D. Murray, September 9, 2011
  31. Fresh from the Garden: Seed Catalogs in Special Collections, curated by Laurie Rizzo, August 1, 2011 – August 31, 2011
  32. American Military Pocket Atlas, curated by Alexander C. Johnston, July 6, 2011 – July 31, 2011
  33. 400 Years of the King James Bible, curated by Alexander C. Johnston, May 16, 2011 – June 3, 2011 and June 6, 2011 – June 30, 2011
  34. Neil Simon's The Good Doctor Typescripts, curated by Laurie Rizzo, May 2, 2011 – May 15, 2011
  35. Global Astronomy Month: One People, One Sky, curated by Laurie Rizzo, April 1, 2011 – April 30, 2011
  36. From the Past, for the Future: Celebrating Women's History Month with Selections from Special Collections, curated by Maureen Cech, March 1, 2011 – March 31, 2011
  37. January 17, 2011: The 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, curated by Evan Echols, January 2011
  38. Archives Month 2010: Making Connections: Archives and Imagination, curated by Jaime Margalotti, October 2010
  39. Congress Week 2010: Main Street to Capitol Hill, September 13 – September 17, 2010

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Digital Collections

  1. 22 Months: Ted Kaufman in the United States Senate
  2. The Delaware Postcard Collection
  3. The Willard Stewart Photographs for WPA and HABS
  4. Historic Maps of Delaware & the Mid–Atlantic Region
  5. George Handy Bates Samoan Papers: Photographs
  6. The William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection
  7. George S. Messersmith papers
  8. Iron Hill Museum oral history recordings and transcripts
  9. American Civil War Digital Collections:
    1. Alexander Gardner Photgraphs of Lincoln Conspirators
    2. Autograph Abraham Lincoln Documents
    3. Letters and Diaries
    4. Pierce Family Papers
    5. Rosenthal Lithographic Prints of Civil War Encampments

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