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.
Quest for Justice
Quest for Justice
This major exhibition highlights the life and work of authors, social activists, and the co-founders of the National Committee to Secure Justice in the Rosenberg Case, David and Emily Alman.
Dame Joan Collins
This small exhibition celebrates the life and work of actress, author, and columnist Joan Collins.
Dr. Adelaide Cromwell
Adelaide McGuinn Cromwell: In Memoriam, 1919-2019
This exhibition examines the life and work of Dr. Adelaide M. Cromwell, who passed away on June 8, 2019. A cofounding faculty member of the African Studies Center and founder of the African American Studies program at Boston University, Dr. Cromwell (Hon.'95) was a long-time professor of sociology at Boston University and was renowned for her research on African American elites and black leadership.
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.
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.