Exhibits in Special Collections
Current Exhibits in the Libraries
Special Collections Reading Room Display Case (2019-04-18 — 2019-11-15)This exhibition examines the history and first-hand accounts of interactions between Christian missionaries and Native Americans in the Arkansas Territory in order to help more fully characterize the cultural interactions of Arkansas' history.
Special Collections Reading Room Display Case (2019-04-18 — 2019-11-01)This exhibit presents the life and work of Rosa Marinoni a once well-known and widely published poet who built a community of writers in Fayetteville, AR.
Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library (2019-01-21 — 2019-05-31)
This exhibition begins with the utterly familiar format of the book and explores what happens when artistic elements move beyond the expected structures typically found in a book and create hybrid formats that are both literary as well as artistic creations.
Special Collections Reading Room Display Case (2018-02-01 — 2018-05-31)
A new sister exhibit is now on display in the Special Collections Reading Room through May 2018. Featured in the two cases are items that highlight the culture of astronomy and some of mankind’s most brilliant minds, such as Albert Einstein and Steven Hawking, who wrote on the endless mysteries of the heavens.
Special Collections Hallway Gallery (2017-03-01 — 2018-02-01)
The name “Fulbright is associated with international exchange throughout the world. J. William Fulbright, the individual for whom the Fulbright programs were named, lived a rich and productive life that extended well beyond the establishment of the well-respected namesake programs.
Walton Reading Room Display Case, Mullins Library (2016-02-05 — 2016-05-15)
In celebration of Black History Month 2016, the Libraries' Special Collections presents images from the Southland College Papers (MC577). In the faces of the students and teachers of Southland College we glimpse more than sixty years of African American experiences, aspirations, and triumphs as the United States underwent tremendous transformation from the era of the slavery into the 20th century.
Reference Desk Glass Case, Mullins Library (2015-11-01 — 2016-03-30)
This exhibit from Special Collections explores long football traditions at the University of Arkansas through photographs, University publications, and preserved memorabilia.
Walton Reading Room Display Case, Mullins Library (2015-11-01 — 2016-02-01)
The University Libraries and Special Collections join KUAF in celebrating 30 years on the air as a public radio station in this exhibit of artifacts from the decades of broadcasting and archival photographs and documents.
Reference Desk Glass Case, Mullins Library (2015-10-15 — 2015-02-28)
This exhibit from Special Collections explores Arkansas political campaigning before the advent of modern media. Through documents and photographs, as well as broadsides, ephemera, and artifacts from Special Collections, the exhibit highlights materials produced before the eras of first, radio and film, then television and internet campaigning. "Politics Past in Arkansas" will remain on display in front of the Reference Desk on the Mullins Library Main Level through February 2015.
Special Collections Hallway Exhibit (2015-06-24 — 2016-02-28)
Special Collections showcases the musicians and folklorists who collected and created the folk music of Arkansas. Through photographs, song transcriptions, rare books, and records, the exhibit offers a sample of the rich traditions of folk music on the University of Arkansas campus, throughout the Ozarks region and work of noted scholars, and now in the digital age through the opening of the Ozark Folksong Collection.
Special Collections Display West, Mullins Library (2015-05-01 — 2016-12-31)
Expanding the definition of both the book and rare book, artists' books are meticulously crafted, often beautiful, and sometimes challenging uses of text and material. This exhibit of artists' books in Special Collections highlights recent additions to the department's rare books holdings while exploring efforts to preserve the craft of book making. University Archivist Amy Allen curated the exhibit.
Special Collections Reading Room Display Case (2015-05-01 — 2015-12-31)
In celebration Arkansas Heritage Month 2015, Special Collections presents an exhibit images, rare books, and documents showing Arkansas places that have disappeared, were never realized as they were planned, or have evolved in unexpected ways.
Reference Desk Glass Case, Mullins Library (2015-03-15 — 2015-07-01)
World War II impacted civilian life in America every day. These changes could be surprising, subtle, profound and galvanizing, but no one was left untouched. Young men—sons, fathers, and husbands—became scarce. Familiar pantry staples had to be carefully conserved. Work opportunities forever out of reach to the "fairer sex" suddenly became accessible. Families all over anxiously waited for news, in letters, in telegrams, in newspapers, of their far flung loved ones. This exhibit explores life on Arkansas's World War II homefront with examples from the archives in Special Collections.
Special Collections Hallway Gallery (2014-05-15 — 2016-05-15)
During World War II, more than 20,000 Japanese Americans were involuntarily interned in camps in Arkansas under the War Relocation Authority. Images such as those included here, as well as government documents, camp newsletters, school yearbooks, and manuscript materials held by Special Collections help preserve the personal experiences and essential history of that difficult and complex period for the nation and the state.
Walton Reading Room Display Case, Mullins Library (2013-10-29 — 2013-12-31)
The exhibit explores the long history and remarkable legacy of Greek fraternities and sororities at the University of Arkansas. Scrapbooks, numerous print volumes, and other materials illustrate the enduring influence of student social organizations on Arkansas's flagship university.
Reference Desk Glass Case, Mullins Library (2013-05-31 — 2013-09-01)
In commemoration of LGBT Pride Month, Special Collections presents this exhibit of rare journals, pamphlets, posters, and other materials exploring the history homosexual, transsexual, and transgender Arkansas.
Special Collections Display East, Mullins Library (2013-04-01 — 2013-08-30)
Exploring the ways attitudes toward medicine have evolved in Arkansas over the last two centuries, CURE presents an assortment of documents, photographs, and rare books from Special Collections, as well as some items you might not expect to find in an archives.
Special Collections Hallway Exhibit (2013-02-18 — 2013-09-18)
This selection of curiosities and odd holdings from Special Collections highlights the variety of materials available in the archives and the rest of the University of Arkansas Libraries.
Reference Desk Glass Case, Mullins Library (2013-01-15 — 2013-05-10)
This selection from the holdings of Special Collections and the Performing Arts and Media Library celebrates the importance of African American Arkansans in the creation of musical roots whose influence has spread throughout the United States and the world.
Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library (2012-11-01 — 2013-04-30)
Edward S. Curtis shaped the fields of photography and anthropology with The North American Indian, a 20-volume series, published in 1930 that represents his experiences documenting nearly 100 tribes in the United States and Alaska. The University of Arkansas Libraries is celebrating Curtis's ethnographic achievement with an exhibit of images reproduced from the Curtis portfolios, on display in the lobby area of Mullins Library through the end of December.
Reference Desk Glass Case, Mullins Library (2012-10-10 — 2012-12-31)
This exhibit showcasing editions of the works of Friedrich Gerstäcker held in the Libraries' Special Collections is presented in recognition of "The Legacy of Friedrich Gerstäcker Arkansas and the Wild West" symposium, hosted by the University of Arkansas October 11-12, 2012.
Special Collections Reading Room, Mullins Library (2012-10-05 — 2013-05-01)
This exhibit features notable recent acquisitions to the holdings of Special Collections.
Walton Reading Room Display Case, Mullins Library (2012-09-19 — 2012-11-01)
2012 marks three important milestones in Arkansas's environmental history: 40 years since the creation of the Buffalo National River, 50 years since the founding of the Ozark Society, and 100 years since the birth of Dr. Neil Compton, founding President of the Ozark Society and champion of Arkansas's wilderness.
Reference Desk Glass Case, Mullins Library (2012-08-21 — 2012-10-09)
This exhibit of photographs, playbills, and other memorabilia celebrates the life and career of Alice Ghostley, the Tony Award-winning actress and popular television and film star. Special Collections received the Alice Ghostley Materials (MC1846) in 2009.
Special Collections Hallway Exhibit (2012-07-15 — 2013-02-15)
This Special Collections exhibit features materials documenting the life of Arkansas's 34th Governor Sidney Sanders McMath.
Special Collections Display East, Mullins Library (2012-05-15 — 2012-10-17)
Special Collections has created a new exhibit celebrating Arkansas Heritage Month 2012, on display in the Reading Room.
Reference Desk Glass Case, Mullins Library (2012-05-01 — 2012-08-20)
This exhibit showcases rare books that relate to the historical themes of the American Civil War. The rare books holdings of the University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections include more than 2,000 titles housed in the department because of their exceptional value, curiosity, or distinction.
Walton Reading Room Display Case, Mullins Library (2012-02-01 — 2012-04-30)
This exhibit showcases materials from the Daisy Bates Collection (MC 582) and associated collections housed in University Libraries Special Collections in order to celebrate the life and work of Arkansas Civil Rights leader, Daisy Bates.
Walton Reading Room Display Case, Mullins Library (2011-09-14 — 2011-11-01)
From Harrison to Hanoi, this exhibit explores the life of John Paul Hammerschmidt, including 13 terms in Congress, service in the Army Air Corps. and numerous awards and causes.
Entrance Display Case, Mullins Library (2011-09-01 — 2011-12-31)
This exhibit created by staff in the Special Collections celebrates one of the Department's notable recent acquisitions, the Donna Axum papers. The exhibit presents photographs and artifacts from Donna Axum Whitworth's time as a student at the University of Arkansas and as Miss Arkansas and Miss America.
Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library (2011-07-01 — 2011-08-31)
An exhibit of intaglio prints made from the artist's sketchbook of travels in Europe.
Special Collections Reading Room, Mullins Library (2011-05-01 — 2012-05-31)
Special Collections has assembled an exhibit of selections from the Library's rare book holdings. The exhibit presents examples from the Mary Hudgins Collection and the Pathfinder-Porter Collection.
Special Collections Hallway Exhibit (2011-05-01 — 2012-07-31)
Exploring the diverse nature of religion in Arkansas, this exhibit illuminates the role religion has played in Arkansas history from the earliest settlement of several Protestant groups in the region.
Special Collections Display East, Mullins Library (2010-05-01 — 2010-05-30)Special Collections has put together a photo exhibit honoring the people of Arkansas, focusing on 1930's up through the 1950's.
Entrance Display Case, Mullins Library (2010-04-25 — 2010-12-31)
The William Grant Still and Verna Arvey collection (MC 1125) contains materials that span the 20th century, and it serves as a rare testament to a period of time in which little documentation exists for African-Americans in American history.
Walton Reading Room Display Case, Mullins Library (2010-03-09 — 2010-08-15)
As part of the celebration marking the opening of the Diane Blair Papers, Special Collections has created an exhibit filled with mementos of her career as an educator, author, citizen, and friend.
Special Collections Reading Room, Mullins Library (2009-01-01 — 2010-04-15)
A selection of images, artifacts, and publications from across the collections.
Special Collections Reading Room Display Case (2005-06-15 — 2017-12-31)
An exhibit of titles published by the Press from its establishment in 1980 to the present.
Online Exhibits and Digital Collections
Three years before Miss Ariel Idella Hottel moved in 1896 from Winchester, Virginia, to Marianna, Arkansas, she was employed from 1892-93 in Frederiksted, St. Croix, as a governess in the family of Major William F. Moore, the American Consul to the Danish West Indies. Miss Hottel (“Della”) served as instructor and companion for the Major and Mrs. Moore’s five children: Edith, 17; Tillie, 15; Nina, 11; Edna, 9; and Wilmerding, 6.
The Cyrus Sutherland: Architect, Educator and Preservationist digital exhibit provides a glimpse into the work of Cyrus Sutherland, architect and University of Arkansas professor. Special Collections is pleased to make these digital resources available in conjunction with the opening of the Cyrus Sutherland Papers. Through these images, Sutherland is revealed as a thoughtful student, a gifted practitioner, a knowledgeable educator, and a passionate hands-on preservationist.
While there is evidence of commencement ceremonies starting as early as 1873, the earliest Commencement Program held in the University of Arkansas archives is dated June 17, 1875. The ceremony was held in a brand new building, which is now known as Old Main.
The lives of notable architects Fay Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright intersected during the ten-year period from 1949 to 1959. This digital exhibit of photographs, correspondence, lectures, writings, and other media highlights their affiliation, architecture, and theories of organic architecture—the harmonious and seamless relationship between the built environment and nature.
“The Ozark Folksong Collection,” originally recorded and compiled between 1949 and 1965, is the largest and most complete collection of traditional music and associated materials from Arkansas and the Ozarks in the nation. The physical collection contains audio recordings of songs, oral histories, anecdotes, and tales from over 700 performers. In addition there are transcriptions of lyrics, and music notations. The contents illustrate a rich diversity of cultures, economic classes, and occupations.
“Colonial Arkansas Post Ancestry” covers 279 items relating to the historic colonial Arkansas Post settlement and fort in southeast Arkansas and focuses on the names listed in the censuses and inventories of 1723, 1726, 1731, 1743, and 1749. Materials on the Lower Mississippi Valley include maps, letters, land grants, wills, censuses, and genealogical records that describe the peoples and events of Arkansas’s first capital. Items in French and Spanish have been translated. A table of 98 primary family names and their derivatives is included.
“Fine Lines, Late Nights: The Converging Histories of Vol Walker Hall and the Fay Jones School of Architecture” is a digital exhibit that explores the history of Vol Walker Hall, a prominent campus building, and that of the Fay Jones School of Architecture, the lively design school which has called the stately building their home for more than 40 years.
“40-50-100: Milestones in Arkansas's Environmental History” contains close to 40 images and documents regarding the establishment in 1972 of the Buffalo River in northern Arkansas as the first “National” river, the creation of the Ozark Society environmental stewardship organization in 1962, and the 1912 birth of Dr. Neil Compton, the founding president of the Ozark Society. Events commemorating these “40-50-100” year milestones took place in 2012.
“Fruit-Full” Arkansas: Apples is a collection of 69 items on apples assembled from a variety of collections of Arkansas folklore, souvenir booklets, poetry, photographs, speeches, and other documents. Among these are 50 images of apples from color plates in historic nursery catalogs held at the Library of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
The BAD Times digital collection includes twenty issues of newspapers published between 1971 and 1977 by the Black Americans for Democracy, a student organization founded at the University of Arkansas in the late 1960s.
“Drawing Distinctions: The Life and Work of American Cartoonist George Fisher” provides samples of the life and career of a Little Rock political cartoonist whose work documents Arkansas and American history since World War II.
“Politics and Principles: Documenting the Career of Congressman Brooks Hays” covers Hays' seven-decade career, early life and subsequent work in public service and education. Hays worked in five presidential administrations, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Lyndon B. Johnson, and he personally knew seven presidents, from Harry Truman to Jimmy Carter.
“German Prisoner of War Letters” is a collection of 10 letters sent after the war by former German prisoners at Camp Dermott to a prominent farmer and merchant near Parkdale in Ashley County, Mr. E.D. Gregory, on whose farm the men had labored as prisoners.
“Spaces and Faces: Namesakes at the University of Arkansas” highlights the people and places of the University of Arkansas by showing the names behind the buildings.
“Commonwealth College Fortnightly” offers a first-hand glimpse of life at the labor college, 1926-1938.
“A Calm Voice in a Strident World: Senator J.W. Fulbright Speaks” presents a collection of selected speeches and images.
“Land of (Unequal) Opportunity: Documenting the Civil Rights Struggle in Arkansas” offers a variety of records and photographs that document the history of civil rights in the state.
“Shared History: Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas” offers 500 photographs of the City of Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas Campus. Shared History was funded in part by grants from the Happy Hollow Foundation.
“Arkansas Academy of Science Archive” offers volumes 1-60, 1941-2006, of the Academy's Journal (1997 - ) and Proceedings (1941-1996).
“Fay Jones Projects” pages present a growing catalog of photographs, drawings, and other materials from the collection of this premier American architect.
“Ozark Folk Encyclopedia” entries are read by archivist Ethel Simpson in this series of podcasts from KUAF Public Radio.
“WPA Early Settlers' Personal Histories of African Americans in Arkansas” offers transcriptions of questionnaires from interviews with seventeen African Americans interviewed in Arkansas under this project.
“A History of Arkansas Razorbacks,” a digital edition of: Hancock, Hank. A History of Arkansas Razorbacks. Abilene, TX: The Author, 1976. (Arkansas Collection LD236.2 .H36 1976.)
“The Fulbright Program, 1946-1996” is an online exhibit marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Fulbright Scholarship Program.
“Lee Wilson & Company Archives” is an online exhibit illustrating the role of Lee Wilson & Company in the transformation of the Delta.