UD Library Treasures: Special Collections Exhibitions

Ethel Stourton, circa 1905
Ethel Stourton, circa 1905, Shipley-Bringhurst-Hargraves family papers, from the UD Library exhibition “In Focus: Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital”
During this episode of Campus Voices, we were joined by Rebecca Johnson Melvin and Maureen Cech from the University of Delaware Library’s Special Collections department, co-curators of the Library’s current featured exhibition, In Focus: Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital.

This exhibition is one of the four available in the Morris Library when the interview aired live on WVUD. The other exhibitions, as of April 4, 2013, included The World of the Graphic Novel, National Poetry Month: Celebrating the poetry of Rita Dove, and The Lincoln Collection: The Emancipation Proclamation and its Legacies.

In addition to talking about the current exhibitions, Rebecca and Maureen talked about the breadth of the exhibition program, designed to showcase interesting material from the Library’s holdings and to encourage faculty and students to explore UD’s collection as part of their research.

When we prepared for the interview, we toured the current exhibitions, reveled in the photography exhibition in the Main Gallery (second floor), and recorded an interview with Deavon Church, from the Library’s IT staff, curator of the World of the Graphic Novel exhibit (first floor), excerpts of which we played during the live interview.

Listen to the interviews

  • Main interview: Rebecca Melvin and Maureen Cech, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
    29:21
    28.2 MB

  • Supplemental interview: Deavon Church, Library Computing Operations, University of Delaware Library
    13:28
    12.8 MB

About Exhibitions from the UD Library’s Special Collections

The exhibition program at the University of Delaware Library includes major exhibitions in the Special Collections gallery, smaller exhibits in the Information Area on the first floor of Morris Library, and displays of recent publications by University faculty and staff.

The Special Collections Department sponsors two major exhibitions each year in the Library’s gallery. These exhibitions, which focus on a variety of subjects, are composed of books, manuscripts, ephemera, and realia from Special Collections. Catalogs and checklists have been published for selected exhibitions and many of them are available in on–line versions. The lists of exhibitions indicate the availability of catalogs or checklists and are linked to online versions when available.

Adapted from the University of Delaware Library: Special Collections – Exhibitions Web page