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.

Mark Ruffalo & Mike Rezendes
Mark Ruffalo & Mike Rezendes

Mike Rezendes: Boston Globe's Spotlight

This three-case exhibition examined the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Boston Globe Spotlight team member Mike Rezendes, whose work on the Boston Catholic Church sex abuse cover-up was portrayed in the Academy Award-winning film Spotlight.


Robert F Kennedy
Robert F Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy: An Exhibition

This two-case exhibition explored the life and career of Senator Robert F. Kennedy through material from the collections of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. The exhibition featured correspondence relating to the death of his brother President John F. Kennedy's, campaign documents and notes from his 1968 Presidential campaign, first-hand accounts of his assassination on June 5, 1968, and programs and condolence notes from his funeral.


Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel

Champion for Human Rights: The Life & Work of Elie Wiesel

This exhibition featured material from political activist, human rights advocate, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel (1928 - 2016). The exhibition highlighted Professor Wiesel's life and work, from his early life growing up in Sighet, Romania, through surviving the Holocaust, and his work promoting remembrance and advocating for human rights across the globe. Material on display includes original speech drafts, book manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, newspaper articles, awards, and memorabilia.


Betty Buckley
Betty Buckley

Betty Buckley: Performance From the Heart

This exhibition documented the career of actress-singer Betty Buckley, from her beginnings as a young beauty pageant contestant - she was "Miss Fort Worth," runner up in the Miss Texas Pageant - through her impressive, dynamic and diverse career on Broadway, television, film and on the concert stage.


Brian Kellow
Brian Kellow

Brian Kellow

A columnist and editor at Opera News, Brian Kellow has also proven himself as a well-regarded biographer. Although Kellow studied piano for ten years, he bypassed music for a career in writing.