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.

Bud Collins
Bud Collins

Bud Collins: Sports Journalist - Champion of Champions

This exhibition celebrates the life and career of legendary sportscaster Bud Collins. A giant in the field of both print and broadcast sports journalism, Collins is widely credited with helping raise the profile of tennis in the United States--especially women's tennis--to the level of a major international sport. This exhibition features personal and professional photographs, awards, articles written by Collins (including early pieces on Muhammad Ali), book manuscripts, television script pages, correspondence and memorabilia.


Mary Astor's Purple Diary
Mary Astor's Purple Diary

Ed Sorel: Master Illustrator

This three-case exhibition featured the original artwork from satirist and cartoonist Edward Sorel's new book, Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936. The book covers the life of famed actress and Maltese Falcon star Mary Astor, and her custody court case that knocked Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco off the front pages of America's newspapers. Also on display was one case of original material from the Mary Astor collection housed at the Gotlieb Center, which includes personal photographs, production stills, biography drafts and correspondence.


William Shakespeare First Folio
William Shakespeare First Folio

From Manuscript to Moveable Type: The Information Shift That Brought About Modern Learning

This exhibition examined the information shift caused by the advent of the printing press and its effects on modern learning. Featured items include a 9th Century Hymnal Leaf; a Leaf from the Gutenberg Bible (c. 1454); a 15th Century Book of Hours Leaf; and an excerpt from William Shakespeare's First Folio (1623).  From Manuscript to Moveable Type is a collaboration between the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning at the Boston University College of General Studies.


Helen Deutsch
Helen Deutsch

Helen Deutsch: Pioneering Screenwriter

This exhibition highlighted the life and career of award-winning and pioneering screenwriter, songwriter, composer, author, and journalist Helen Deutsch.


History of Nursing
History of Nursing

History of Nursing Through Fifty Years of Collecting

This six-case exhibition traced the past, present, and future of the nursing occupation through the collections held at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's The History of Nursing Archives. The exhibition was launched at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of The History of Nursing Archives and Nursing Archives Associates.