Exhibits in Special Collections

Current Exhibits in the Libraries

Arkansas from Scratch

Arkansas from Scratch

Special Collections Hallway Exhibit (2019-11-11 — 2020-02-28)

This exhibit explores the stories told by a selection of cookbooks and recipe books in the University of Arkansas Special Collections Division.

Student Publications

Student Publications

Reference Desk Glass Case, Mullins Library (2019-10-03 — 2020-02-28)

This exhibition explores student publications at the University of Arkansas, beginning with the first student publication in 1893 to present.

Missionaries in Territorial Arkansas

Missionaries in Territorial Arkansas

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.


Past Exhibits

New Acquisitions

New Acquisitions

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library (2019-07-08 — 2019-10-01)

Highlighting recent acquisitions as part of our exhibit program gives us the opportunity to share such newly acquired materials with the public. 

The Long Shadow of the Elaine Massacre

The Long Shadow of the Elaine Massacre

Special Collections Hallway Exhibit (2019-06-13 — 2019-11-01)

This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of the deadliest racially-motivated conflicts in American history—the Elaine Massacre, which devastated rural Phillips County, Arkansas, in 1919.

Rosa Marinoni

Rosa Marinoni

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.

Art of the Book

Art of the Book

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.

Celestial Splendor

Celestial Splendor

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.

The Fulbright Legacy

The Fulbright Legacy

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.

Lives Transformed by Southland College

Lives Transformed by Southland College

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.

120 Years of Arkansas Football

120 Years of Arkansas Football

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.

KUAF 91.3 at 30

KUAF 91.3 at 30

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.

Politics Past in Arkansas

Politics Past in Arkansas

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.

Arkansas Folksongs, Musicians, and Collectors

Arkansas Folksongs, Musicians, and Collectors

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.

Artists' Books in Special Collections

Artists' Books in Special Collections

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 Arkansas Landscapes exhibit in celebration of the 2015 Arkansas Heritage Month.

Special Collections Arkansas Landscapes exhibit in celebration of the 2015 Arkansas Heritage Month.

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.

Life on the World War II Homefront

Life on the World War II Homefront

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.

Images of Japanese-American Internment in Arkansas

Images of Japanese-American Internment in Arkansas

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.

Exhibit exploring the importance of Greek LIfe at the University of Arkansas

Exhibit exploring the importance of Greek LIfe at the University of Arkansas

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.

Exhibit Commemorating LGBT Pride Month

Exhibit Commemorating LGBT Pride Month

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 Exhibit on Health and Healing in Arkansas

Special Collections Exhibit on Health and Healing in 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.

Collection Curiosities

Collection Curiosities

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.

African American Roots Music

African American Roots Music

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.

Edward S. Curtis

Edward S. Curtis

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.

Exhibit celebrating the writer and Arkansas traveller, Friedrich Gerstäcker

Exhibit celebrating the writer and Arkansas traveller, Friedrich Gerstäcker

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.

New Acquisitions, 2011-2012

New Acquisitions, 2011-2012

Special Collections Reading Room, Mullins Library (2012-10-05 — 2013-05-01)

This exhibit features notable recent acquisitions to the holdings of Special Collections.

Milestones in Arkansas' Environmental History

Milestones in Arkansas' Environmental History

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.

Alice Ghostley: Actress, Comedienne

Alice Ghostley: Actress, Comedienne

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.

Governor Sid McMath at 100

Governor Sid McMath at 100

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.

Arkansas Heritage Month 2012 celebrates Arkansans at Work.

Arkansas Heritage Month 2012 celebrates Arkansans at Work.

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.

War and Reflection

War and Reflection

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.

Daisy Bates Exhibit

Daisy Bates Exhibit

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.

Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt

Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt

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.

Arkansas' 1st Miss America: Selections from the Donna Axum Papers

Arkansas' 1st Miss America: Selections from the Donna Axum Papers

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.

George Francis Trapp

George Francis Trapp

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.

A collection of rare books from the Mary Hudgins Collection and Pathfinder-Porter Collections

A collection of rare books from the Mary Hudgins Collection and Pathfinder-Porter Collections

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.

Religion in Arkansas:  History and Heritage

Religion in Arkansas: History and Heritage

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.

Arkansas Politics:  Rivalries and Conflict

Arkansas Politics: Rivalries and Conflict

Special Collections Hallway Exhibit (2010-09-01 — 2010-12-31)

This exhibit from the University Libraries Special Collections Department features events and personalities, 1865-present.

Roads Less Traveled

Roads Less Traveled

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.
William Grant Still

William Grant Still

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.

Diane Blair Papers

Diane Blair Papers

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.

Charles Darwin Anniversary

Charles Darwin Anniversary

Entrance Display Case, Mullins Library (2009-06-01 — 2010-04-12)

2009 represented two important anniversaries in the history of science. Charles Darwin was born 200 years ago and his path breaking On the Origin of Species was published 150 years ago.

Highlights from the Collections

Highlights from the Collections

Special Collections Reading Room, Mullins Library (2009-01-01 — 2010-04-15)

A selection of images, artifacts, and publications from across the collections.

Celebrating the University of Arkansas Press

Celebrating the University of Arkansas Press

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.

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