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.

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.


Howard Thurman
Howard Thurman

Howard Thurman: Philosopher. Theologian. Educator.

This exhibition examines the life and work of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary public theologians, educators, and civil rights figures, Dr. Howard Thurman (1899-1981). Selected by Life Magazine in 1953 as one of the twelve "Great Preachers" of the twentieth century, Dr. Thurman addressed more than five hundred colleges and institutions around the globe, received seventeen honorary degrees, and authored over twenty books.


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.


Poet Nikki Giovanni
Poet Nikki Giovanni

The Language of Literature

This exhibition highlights the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's extensive holdings in literature, featuring works from the masters of poetry, science fiction, biographies, children's literature, mystery novels, religious works, and culinary and nutritional literature.