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

Reforming the Word: Martin Luther in Context
Reforming the Word: Martin Luther in Context
Professor Helmut Puff

The late medieval German lands teemed with innovation. Novel forms of piety emerged, the demand for practical learning grew, more universities competed for students, and wealth from both trade and mining transformed social relations. The dissemination of texts and ideas on an industrial scale via the printing press reshaped communication, knowledge, and belief. In this context, reform—the...

Stories of the University Library: A Bicentennial Exhibit
Stories of the University Library: A Bicentennial Exhibit
and created by Marley Kalt, Hatcher Graduate Library Research Assistant

Stories of the University Library: A Bicentennial Exhibit is a compilation of photographs and news articles that show a few of the stories surrounding the University of Michigan Library and how it has grown throughout the University’s first 200 years.

Popularization of Democracy in Post-War Japan
Popularization of Democracy in Post-War Japan
Keiko Yokota-Carter (Japanese Studies Librarian), Alice Register (MA Japanese Studies graduate student), Hana Washitani (Research Fellow of the International Institute for Children's Literature, Osaka, - Research advice)

This exhibit showcases the Proclamation of Human Rights Slides (Jinken Sengen Gentō slides, 人権宣言 幻燈スライド)produced by the Constitution Popularization Society (Kenpō Fukyukai, 憲法普及会) to promote the spirit of peace, human rights, and democracy as embedded in the new Constitution of Japan which was enforced on May 3, 1947.  

The Jinken Sengen Gentō...

An Artful Life: The Colored Lantern Slides of Anna Caulfield McKnight
An Artful Life: The Colored Lantern Slides of Anna Caulfield McKnight
and prepared by Tori Cox, Imageworks Special Projects Assistant

This exhibit presents an extraordinary portion of the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library's Lantern Slide Collection. The Caulfield McKnight collection includes almost 2,700 slides of historical artworks, architecture, landmarks, landscapes, and homes from around the world. It dates to the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was cultivated by Anna Caulfield McKnight, a native of...

Storied Acquisitions: Highlights from the University of Michigan Library Collections
Storied Acquisitions: Highlights from the University of Michigan Library Collections
Martha O'Hara Conway, Director of the Special Collections Library, and Kristine Greive, Exhibits Librarian

In celebration of the University’s bicentennial, this exhibit showcases treasures from a variety of collecting areas and explores the stories behind the development of some of our most distinctive collections. From Audubon’s Birds of America, the first book acquired for the Library, to more recent arrivals like Robert Altman’s Academy Award, the items in this exhibit afford us an...

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