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.

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.


Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas: A Life in Film

This major exhibition highlights the life and career of Academy Award-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas. The exhibition is launched in conjunction with Michael Douglas' visit to Boston University to receive the Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bette Davis Foundation.


Michael Cristofer
Michael Cristofer

Michael Cristofer

This small exhibition explores the life and career of Tony & Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Michael Cristofer.


Paddington Bear
Paddington Bear

Sixty Years of Paddington Bear

This small exhibition celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of author Michael Bond's most-beloved character, Paddington Bear.


Dr. Spock
Dr. Spock

For the Love of Spock

This one-case exhibition explored one of television's most iconic characters, Star Trek's Dr. Spock. Curated by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's Student Advisory Board, the exhibition featured original material from the Leonard Nimoy Collection, including photographs, correspondence, call sheets, scripts, story boards, and a set of prosthetic Vulcan ears.