Current Exhibitions

The exhibitions at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center are a vital part of our role as cultural presenter. 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.

 

Click Here for a List and Descriptions of Past Exhibitions

The Richards-Frost Room featuring the exhibition, The American Civil War: Treasures from the Vault.

Boston University Presidents
Boston University Presidents

Boston Univeristy Presidents

This two-case exhibition features material from the Boston University Archives on the history of the Presidents of Boston University. The exhibition features correspondence, photographs, articles, press releases, programs, memorabilia, and books ranging from BU's inaugural president, William Fairfield Warren, to its current president, Robert A. Brown.


History of Nursing Archives
History of Nursing Archives

History of Nursing Archives

This exhibition highlights the past, present, and future of the nursing occupation through the collections held at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's History of Nursing Archives.


Records of War
Records of War

Records of War

This six-case exhibition explores the history of the United States' military conflicts through the lens of those on the frontlines.


Tell Them About the Dream
Tell Them About the Dream

Tell Them About the Dream

This six-case major exhibition explores the life and work of civil rights leader, Nobel Prize-winner, and Baptist minister, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. & Edward Brooke
Martin Luther King Jr. & Edward Brooke

A View From the Vault

Behind the glass in the Gotlieb Gallery exhibition hall is an extensive exhibition of the papers of over fifty of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's collectees. The exhibition features the private letters, notes, annotated manuscripts, published volumes, photographs, and personal scrapbooks of these notable figures.