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.

The Bay State Banner
The Bay State Banner

Boston Revisited: Fifty Years of the Bay State Banner

This major exhibition is presented in conjunction with the publication of the book, Boston's Banner Years: 1965 - 2015.; This volume is a celebration of the challenges and successes of the community chronicled by The Bay State Banner over five decades. What the book tells in text, the exhibition displays in images. 


Paddington Bear
Paddington Bear

Sixty Years of Paddington Bear

This small exhibition celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of author Michael Bond's most-beloved character, Paddington Bear.


Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pin His Ear to the Wisdom Post: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the School of Prophets

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who received his doctorate from the School of Theology in 1955 six months before he stepped into history as the leader of the legendary Montgomery Bus Boycott, is not merely the most celebrated graduate of Boston University; he is its quintessential alumnus, the personification of the vision its founders had in establishing the institution in 1839.


Robin Williams
Robin Williams

What's New in Our Vault

This exhibition showcases a variety of material from the recent additions to our collections at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.


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.