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Past Exhibits

2015


 

Words + Sounds of Dissent: From Samizdat to Rebel Rock

The Global Resources Center provides an opportunity to delve into the world of dissent and underground publishing in the Soviet Union. Learn more about the role westerners (including prominent GW faculty) played in acquiring and distributing clandestine information, and the consequences for dissenters who chose not to play by the rules.

For more information please visit the exhibit's article in the Library's News and Events section.

 Gelman Library, 7th floor, across from the Kiev Collection Reading Room, through Fall 2014

 

 

The National Churchill Library & Center

Planning is currently underway for the new National Churchill Library and Center, a partnership between the George Washington University and the Churchill Centre, to be opened in stages between 2014 and 2015. Complete with dedicated facilities, endowed faculty and staff, and a comprehensive collection of research materials by and about Churchill, the new Center will spark renewed interest in one of the greatest statesmen of our time, and help to ensure that Churchill’s lessons of leadership, vision, and courage are preserved for current and future generations.

The exhibit provides an overview of the planned spaces and collection scope, and includes items donated to the Library by Beth Ruoff & David Salter that complement the Center’s planned scholarly collection, and offer a light-hearted tribute to Churchill’s legacy.

Gelman Library, 1st floor, through March 2015

 

Hear in DC: the DC Vernacular Music Archive

Are you a fan of D.C.'s homegrown hardcore punk scene, or the late great Chuck Brown? Come to the 7th floor of Gelman to see the exhibit "Hear in DC: Vernacular Music in the Nation's Capital," featuring historic photos, LPs, and promotional materials for bands that got their start in D.C. The exhibit includes folk, blues, bluegrass, punk, and go-go musicians, featuring items from performers such as Mississippi John Hurt, Flatt and Scruggs, and Fugazi, all part of the new D.C. Vernacular Music Archive at GW.

Gelman Library, 7th floor main hallway, through Spring 2015

2014


Words + Sounds of Dissent: From Samizdat to Rebel Rock

The Global Resources Center provides an opportunity to delve into the world of dissent and underground publishing in the Soviet Union. Learn more about the role westerners (including prominent GW faculty) played in acquiring and distributing clandestine information, and the consequences for dissenters who chose not to play by the rules.

For more information please visit the exhibit's article in the Library's News and Events section.

 Gelman Library, 7th floor, across from the Kiev Collection Reading Room, through Fall 2014

 

 

The National Churchill Library & Center

Planning is currently underway for the new National Churchill Library and Center, a partnership between the George Washington University and the Churchill Centre, to be opened in stages between 2014 and 2015. Complete with dedicated facilities, endowed faculty and staff, and a comprehensive collection of research materials by and about Churchill, the new Center will spark renewed interest in one of the greatest statesmen of our time, and help to ensure that Churchill’s lessons of leadership, vision, and courage are preserved for current and future generations.

The exhibit provides an overview of the planned spaces and collection scope, and includes items donated to the Library by Beth Ruoff & David Salter that complement the Center’s planned scholarly collection, and offer a light-hearted tribute to Churchill’s legacy.

Gelman Library, 1st floor, through March 2015

 

2013


Jewish Cookbooks from the I. Edward Kiev Collection

The I. Edward Kiev Collection benefited this year from the donation of 100 Jewish cookbooks from author and lecturer Sheilah Kaufman of Potomac, Maryland.

The cookbooks deal with a wide range of regional kosher cuisines, including Algerian, Bukharan, Sephardic, East European Ashkenazic, Hungarian, Iraqi, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Israeli dishes. Also treated are kosher varieties of other national cuisines, including Chinese, French, Italian, American, as well as Cajun and other “exotic” cuisines from around the world. The donated cookbooks are a most tasteful complement to the Kiev Collection’s expanding holdings in the field of Jewish material culture.

Gelman Library, 2nd floor Conference Room, through March 2014

 

Six Degrees of Richard Gibson: Literary contrarian and cold warrior

Richard T. Gibson (1931-) is an American expatriate journalist, international correspondent, and author based in London. He is the author of African Liberation Movements (1972), which describes movements against white-minority rule across Africa, including South Africa, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Angola, and Mozambique. He worked as a reporter for the Philadelphia Afro-American, the Christian Science Monitor, Agence France-Presse, CBS, Revolution Africaine, Negro Press International, and Tuesday Publications, Inc. He was a member of the black expatriate literary community in Paris in the late 1950s, and was a founder of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee in the 1960s

Gelman Library, 7th floor hallway, through October 2013

 

 

2012


Promise and Progress: The Black Experience in Foggy Bottom and at GW

The University’s history,and that of the surrounding Foggy Bottom neighborhood, is intertwined with the growth of the city’s African American population. "Promise and Progress" explores locations, events, and individuals on campus and in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood that played significant roles in African-American history.
Gelman Library, 2nd floor Conference Room, through April 2012

 

 

2011


Ben's Chili Bowl: The Making of a Washington Landmark

Celebrating the gift of the Ben's Chili Bowl Collection to Gelman's Special Collections Research Center, this exhibit traces the local institution's history, neighborhood impact and its community-wide influence. 
Gelman Library, 7th floor hallway, through February 2012

 

 

Then and Now: Celebrating the National Education Association Archive

In celebration of the opening of the NEA Archive in Gelman Library's Special Collections Research Center.
Exhibited in the Labor History History Research Center, 7th floor, through August 2011

 

 

Begun in War, Built in Peace: The US-Kuwaiti Strategic Partnership

A remembrance commemorating the 20th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait. Includes Gulf War, the role played by GW alumni, and the ongoing US-Kuwaiti partnership.
Exhibited in Gelman Library, 2nd floor Conference Room, through June 2011

 

 

2010


Call and Response: The Poetry of E. Ethelbert Miller

A companion piece to the E. Ethelbert Miller Poetry Collection, housed in Special Collections.
Exhibited in Gelman Library, Conference Room, 2nd floor, through January 2011

 

 

Hebrew Printing in Ukraine

Mounted on the tenth anniversary of the Kiev Room, the exhibit offers a geographic and typographic panorama of every region of this cultural crossroads: Galicia, Volhynia, Podolia, Bukovina, Kiev, New Russia, sub-Carpathian Ruthenia and the Crimea. Among the displays are ancient, medieval and modern texts in languages using Hebrew characters (Hebrew, Yiddish, Aramaic and Karaite Tatar), printed over centuries in territories which came under Polish, Russian, Austrian, Romanian, Czecho-Slovak, Hungarian, Ottoman and Soviet rule.
Exhibited in Gelman Library, 7th Floor, through January 2010

 

2009


Presidential Presence in The Gelman Library: an Exhibit

A display of the many Special Collections documents and artifacts pertaining to United States Presidents, including correspondence, personal items and state documents.
Exhibited in Gelman Library's Conference Room 207, July 2009-March 2010

 

 

Special Collections Research Center - 40th Anniversary

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Special Collections Department's founding.
Gelman Library, 7th Floor, November 15, 2008 - August 31, 2009

 

 

"A Kind of Map of Life": D.C. in the fiction of Edward P. Jones

Exploring the connections between the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors’ work and the history of African Americans in Washington, D.C.

Gelman Library, 1st Floor, Gelman Library, March 15 - August 31st, 2009

 

 

 

2008


Charters and Chains: Slavery in the District

Documents the slavery trade and the abolition movement in Washington, DC, and surrounding areas.
Gelman Library, 7th Floor, May 15  - September 15, 2008

 

 

The Jack Anderson Collection

An exhibit of documents and objects, representing the vast amount of materials available in the seminal muckraker’s collection of documents and notes, acquired by The Gelman Library in 2005.
Gelman Library, room 207, October 19, 2007 - February 15, 2008

 

 

2007


The PNC-Riggs Collection

Chronicles the history of Riggs Bank, its ties with the Washington, D.C. community, and its relationship with The George Washington University.
Gelman Library, room 207, March 15 - July 30, 2007

 

 

From Strength to Strength: An exhibit in tribute to Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

Gelman Library, First Floor Exhibit Gallery, April 15, 2007 - June 30, 2007

 

 

2005


Artistic Expressions of the Jewish Renaissance

Kiev Judaica Room Exhibit Gallery, Gelman Library, November 17, 2005 - July 30, 2006

 

 

2003


Treasures from the Jewish Cultural Renaissance in Germany, 1898-1938

Kiev Judaica Room Exhibit Gallery, Gelman Library, March 19 - August 28, 2003

 

 

The President's Physician: The life and legacy of Dr. Janet G. Travell

Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library, January 21 - June 30, 2003

 

 

2001


Shall We Dance? Selections from the Dance Archives of the Greater Washington Region

Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library, April 26 - December 21, 2001

 

 

Culturally Speaking: an examination of the African American culture in DC

This exhibit examines aspects of the growth and development of African American cultural life in Washington, D.C.

Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library, February 5 - March 30, 2001

 

 

2000


Bright Stars through the Perilous Fight: Men and women who would be President

Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library, October 2, 2000 - January 26, 2001

 

 

Home Base: The neighbors and neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.

Exhibited in cooperation with the 34th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival exhibition, the exhibit focuses on the neighborhoods of Burleith, Chinatown, Foggy Bottom and Shaw.

Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library, June 23 - September 14, 2000

 

 

Africana Women at the Dawn of the New Millennium

Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library

February 1 - May 1, 2000

 

 

1999


Goodbye, Comrade: An exhibition of images from the Revolutions of '89 and the collapse of Communism

Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library

March 10, - December 30, 1999

 

 

1998


City of Magnificent Illusions: The Washington, D.C. of fiction

Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library

March 14 - July 10, 1998

 

 

The March on Washington

The Colonnade Gallery, George Washington University

August 28 - October 28, 1998

 

 

1997


Queerly Visible: The work of Joan E. Biren

Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library

September 4 - November 21, 1997

 

 

1996


Inaugural Celebrations in the Nation's Capital

Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library

November 4, 1996 - February 28, 1997

 

 

1995


City Invincible: Walt Whitman's Washington, 1863-1873

Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library

April 17 - May 12, 1995

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