Past Exhibits


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Other Library Exhibit Spaces:


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 Arabic Literature of Africa

Image in Arabic script ~ "Bilad al-Sudan" meaning "Lands of the Blacks" ~standing for sub-Saharan Africa
November 17, 2003 - January 16, 2004

Professor John Hunwick and the Library's department of Africana set up an exhibition concentrating on Islamic literature in Africa, showcasing manuscripts, published editions by Senegalese and Nigerian writers, and volumes of the "Arabic Literature of Africa" series (Brill). Northwestern's Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa will host a symposium on Arabic Literature of Africa on November 21, 2004.

 Gifts from the Charles Deering McCormick Fund

October 6, 2003 - November 14, 2003

This exhibit highlighted the extraordinary new acquisitions made possible by a major gift from the McCormick family. Among them is a collection of 6,500 historical photographs documenting life in East Africa from 1860 to 1960, assembled over a 40-year period by British collector Humphrey Winterton. The exhibit also showcased materials either partially or fully funded by the McCormick Special Collections Endowed Fund.

 New Student Week

University Library floor plan
September 2, 2003 - October 3, 2003

Various University Library departments create visually intriguing displays that encourage new undergraduates to visit their facility.

 Hidden Treasures of the University Archives

June 9, 2003 - August 31, 2003

imageChicago Hand Bookbinders

March 3, 2003 - June 7, 2003

This annual Northwestern exhibit highlights current work created by members of the Chicago Hand Bookbinders. Books on display range from traditional fine bindings to offbeat alternative book structures.

image75th Anniversary of Northwestern University Theatre

February 17, 2003 - March 28, 2003

An exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of Northwestern University Theater. Included were photographs, playbills, and written history.

Recent Gifts to the Northwestern University Library

imageJanuary 20, 2003 - February 14, 2003

An annual exhibit of recently acquired books and other information resources, which acknowledges and thanks the donors whose generosity has made these acquisitions possible.

Other Library Exhibit Spaces:


 2 East Digital Projects Gallery

Poster title: "Apartheid: It Just Ain't Right"

The Afterlife of Digital Images

Through May, 2004

Accurate reproductions in this exhibition are derived from digital material in the Library's own collections, including photographs, posters and printed images. Selections in this exhibit are a collaboration between Academic Technologies and Collection Management. Reproduction is by Digital Media Services, a division of the Marjorie I. Mitchell Multimedia Center.

 Special Collections

Printer's Choice

February 1, 2003 - 2004

An exhibit of broadsides printed by Henry Morris of the Bird & Bull Press to test the capabilities of his new printing press.


Celebrating the Centenary of the Publication of "The Souls of Black Folk" by W. E. B. DuBois

September 2 - December 12, 2003

The exhibit in the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies included the works of W.E.B. DuBois and celebrates the centenary of the Chicago publication of his "The Souls of Black Folk." On display were copies of the first edition (1903), the 50th anniversary edition (1953), and others.

 Government Publications

Comics and Coloring Books

June 5, 2003 - September 2003

These books are published by the United Nations, United States Government, Illinois State, European Union, and other International Organizations.


April 7, 2003 - June 5, 2003

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January 16, 2003 - March 10, 2003


The Beatles: A Musical History Tour

May, 2003 -- December 31, 2003

Highlighted in the exhibit were original lyric manuscripts by Lennon and McCartney, watercolors, letters from Lennon and Yoko Ono to John Cage, album covers, songbooks, sheet music, brochures, photos, books, newspapers, etc. The exhibit also included audio and video clips which allowed tracking the Beatles from Liverpool to their last concert.