Current Exhibitions

Liberty and Justice for All: ACLU of Missouri, 1920 – 2020

January 11-July 5, 2020
Olin Library, Thomas Gallery and Small Declaration of Independence case

This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the official founding for the ACLU in Missouri and coincides with National ALCU centennial planned exhibitions and programs. The ACLU-MO archives are a part of the library’s permanent collection and are testament to the long, intertwined history of our organizations dating back to 1906. This exhibition was organized by Miranda Rectenwald, Curator of Local History, for Washington University Libraries.

Elevation: The Architecture of Phil Durham

December 28, 2019-July 6, 2020
Olin LIbrary, Thomas Gallery

This exhibition highlights Washington University Libraries' recently acquired Phil Durham collection and recognizes an alumnus and his contributions to local architecture and design. The exhibit consists of large architectural models, drawings, books, and photographs. This exhibition was organized by Miranda Rectenwald, Curator of Local History, for Washington University Libraries.

Worlds of Imagination

January 10- July 6, 2020

Worlds of Imagination features themes of youth and playfulness. The exhibition cases will showcase materials from Special Collections, including items from the Dowd Modern Graphic History Collection, Rare Books, and Numismatics. This exhibition was organized by Len Augsburger, Alison Carrick, Kate Goldkamp, and Skye Lacerte for Washington University Libraries.

It’s Complicated: Documents of Love

January 11- July 6, 2020
Olin Library, Ginkgo Room

Items related to love from across Special Collections are presented in this exhibit arranged into sub-themes of love letters, poetry, courtship, and heartbreak. Examples of items include romance comics, dance cards, ephemera from local dances and university events, and others. This exhibition was organized by Special Collections Curators Cassie Brand, Skye Lacerte, Joel Minor, Miranda Rectenwald and Sonya Rooney.

The Life and Legacy of a Himalayan Buddhist Master: Pema Döndrub (1668 –1744)

January 11- April 27, 2020
Olin Library, Kagan Grand Stair

This exhibition documents research conducted in Nubri at an ethnically Tibetan archive in Nepal, where Anthropology Professor Geoff Childs has been conducting research since the 1990s. This particular project is the result of a Newman Exploration Travel Fund awarded to Geoff in 2019 and traces the legacy of a Buddhist Lama from Nubri. This exhibition was organized by Jessi Cerutti, Exhibitions Manager, for Washington University Libraries in collaboration with Geoff Childs, Professor of Anthropology.

Kid Collector: Artifacts from Growing Up in the ‘90s

January 13-june 30, 2020

The Collect O'Rama table is a space for individuals to share unique personal collections. Kid Collector: Artifacts from Growing Up in the ‘90s highlights Associate University Librarian Nadia Ghasedi's colorful toys, games, and cultural artifacts from the '90s.


Why So Small?

September 2019-April 2020, Miniature Book Case, Kagan Grand Staircase

While miniature books are most definitely cute, they are also so much more than that. Miniatures have existed since the earliest forms of writing on clay tablets and the format has endured through time. Medieval manuscript books of hours were created in miniature for portability, early printers and binders experimented with bookmaking techniques to test the limits of production, and the nineteenth century saw improvements in technologies that allowed for smaller and smaller type. This exhibtion was curated by Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books.

“if you could finish it…”: Beckett’s Revisions and Autotranslations

Oct 28, 2019 - February 14, 2020
Olin Library, Special Collections Reading Room
Monday-friday, 9 am-5 pm

This exhibit features a number of Samuel Beckett’s original notebooks, manuscripts and typescripts in both English and French. These pieces offer fascinating insight into the evolution of Beckett’s works across multiple drafts and two languages. Curated by Kyle Young