Exhibits

The University of Michigan Library regularly presents highlights of unique collections in online exhibits and galleries across campus.

The Library also collaborates with the U-M community, as well as local and national artists, programs and organizations, to host exhibits. If you are interested in collaborating on an exhibit, please contact us at mlibrary-exhibits@umich.edu.

Featured Online Exhibits

The Geography of Colorants
The Geography of Colorants
Exhibit Assistants Sarah Helm & Erin Platte & Grace Rother

“Today the list of colorants manufactured industrially covers nine thousand pages in nine volumes of the Colour Index International, the bible of dyers and colorists. Here these bright, synthetic earths have no fanciful names but are catalogued uncompromisingly by hue, use, and a number denoting the chemical composition: CI Vat Red 13 CI No. 70320, CI...

Mr. Vignaud's Maps: Unraveling a Cartographic Mystery from the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography
Mr. Vignaud's Maps: Unraveling a Cartographic Mystery from the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography
Erin Platte, Rare Map & Cataloging Assistant

Mr. Henry Vignaud (1830-1922), an American diplomat who lived in Paris during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, amassed a large personal library, including books, atlases, maps, and other publications. In 1923 the University of Michigan acquired his library, dividing his map collection between the William L. Clements Library...

Birthing Reproductive Justice: 150 Years of Images and Ideas
Birthing Reproductive Justice: 150 Years of Images and Ideas
Reproductive Justice Exhibit Planning Team

Birthing Reproductive Justice:

150 Years of Images and Ideas



Reproductive Justice - the right to have children, not to have children, and to parent children in healthy and safe environments -- is a movement and perspective that arose in the 1990s as a broader alternative to reproductive rights advocacy focused on limited debates around abortion and pro-life/pro-...

Travel Through Maps & Narratives: An Exhibit on Travel & Tourism
Travel Through Maps & Narratives: An Exhibit on Travel & Tourism
Exhibit Assistants Sarah Helm & Erin Platte

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page." - St. Augustine of Hippo

Humans have always traveled, but our reasons for travel have changed and multipled over time. Travel has evolved into an industry with social, economic, and environmental impacts. People all over the world make journeys, whether beginning a religiously motivated trek, seeking an adventure in a...

From Trace to Text: Highlights from the University of Michigan Papyrology Collection
From Trace to Text: Highlights from the University of Michigan Papyrology Collection
Arthur Verhoogt (Professor of Papyrology and Greek, former Acting Archivist of the Papyrology Collection), Adam Hyatt (former Papyrology Collection Manager)

The University of Michigan Papyrus Collection is a premier collection of papyri, recognized worldwide for its great breadth and the excellence in research, teaching, and outreach it supports.  Founded by the visionary Francis W. Kelsey, the Papyrus Collection has been the training...

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