Past Exhibitions

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

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.


Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

The Victorians

This three-case exhibition, presented in conjunction with The Dickens Society's 22nd Annual Symposium: Interdisciplinary Dickens, highlighted the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's extensive holdings in Victoriana. 


The Great War
The Great War

The Great War

This three-case exhibition examined Massachusetts' role during World War I for the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts conference, "Fighting Doughboys: Massachusetts Called to Arms in WWI." 


Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt and the Spanish-American War

This three-case exhibition explored future United States President Theodore Roosevelt's role leading up to and during the Spanish-American War of 1898. 


Edward Sorel
Edward Sorel

Portrait of an Artist: The Life and Work of Edward Sorel

This major retrospective exhibition explores the life and work of the iconic illustrator, satirist, author, and political cartoonist, Edward Sorel. The twenty-four case exhibition features original material from the Edward Sorel Collection at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, including original artwork, cartoons, correspondence, awards, books, and photographs.