CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

The exhibitions at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center are a vital part of our role as cultural presenters. The exhibitions enable Boston University students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, to explore first-hand the Center's remarkable collections.

Drawing on personal papers, news articles, historic pictures, personal effects and other memorabilia to tell their stories, our exhibits provide rare insights into both the public personae and the private lives of the more than 2,000 extraordinary people whose archives are housed here. The Center also presents exhibits on political, social, religious and cultural movements that have played critical roles in contemporary culture, such as the African American experience, 20th century espionage, or the history of comic art. Whatever the exhibit's focus, viewers come away with a deeper understanding of the people and events that continue to shape our lives.


Alan Cumming: Actor, Director, Producer

This exhibition, from the archive of new collectee, Alan Cumming, begins with photographs from his childhood in Scotland, first as a Boy Scout, then as a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Shown is his letter of acceptance into the Academy, along with two Matriculation cards. There are also photographs of Alan performing in student productions, including a rather spirited production as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland that toured to elementary schools. Also from Alan's early stage career are production photographs of Streetcar Named Desire with The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh (1986) and Slag Boyswith the Dundee Rep (1987). There is a production photograph from Cumming's first Hollywood movie, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) with Cumming as Sandy Frink, high school nerd, now wealthy businessman.
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Aaron Spelling: A Retrospective of Prime-Time Success

This major exhibition, following the life and career of award-winning television and film producer Aaron Spelling, is taken from his personal archive located at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
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Rosalyn Tureck: A Centenary Tribute

This exhibition marks the centenary of the birth of Bach specialist, Rosalyn Tureck, born December 14, 1913. The exhibition opens with childhood photographs of Rosalyn Tureck in Chicago with her sisters and her mother. There is a small poster for an early Rosalyn Tureck piano recital given at Lyon & Healy Concert Hall in Chicago, April 27, 1924. There is an early music notebook, belonging to Ms. Tureck from this period, with her Chicago address on its cover.
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Albert Camus: A Centenary Tribute, 1913-1960

This small exhibition celebrates the life and work of French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher, Albert Camus. The exhibition features correspondence between Camus and editors of the Partisan Review, regarding the publication of Camus' work in the magazine, the English translation of Albert Camus' article "The Absurd Writer," ("Un Ecrivain Absurde,") as well as the original French version, and early editions of Camus' books, L'tranger (The Stranger) and La Peste (The Plague). A photograph of Albert Camus is also included in the exhibition.
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Richard Wagner in Context

The exhibition, created in conjunction with the Boston University's School of Music, includes photographs of Wagner and wife, Cosima, Wagner performers including Olive Fremstad in full costume as well as Bayreuth Festival performers Gotthelf Pistor and Emmy Kruger from Tristan unde Isolde and Friedrich Schorr as Odin, in disguise, from Siegfried. There is also correspondence, a facsimile page of a portion of the original hand-written score of Die Walkure, and illustrations from a Swedish edition of The Nibelungen Ring. The material was culled from the Olive Fremstad Collection, the Eva Wagner Chamberlain Collection, the Edwin McArthur Collection, and the Karin Branzell Collection.
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The Making of Markova: An Exhibition from her Archive

Employing personal and professional photographs, correspondence, and colorful programs, this exhibition documents the life and career of one of the finest classical prima ballerinas of the 20th century, Alicia Markova.
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Rare Books From the Ruth and Robert Horlick Collection

This exhibition features a selection of rare books ranging in date between the 16th to 19th centuries. They are part of a larger gift given to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center by Ruth and Robert Horlick, a graduate of what was then the College of Liberal Arts at Boston University in 1949.
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What's New in Our Vault

This exhibition showcases a variety of material from the recent additions to our collections at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
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Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein

This exhibition features rare and first editions of books by and about the writer, poet and art collector Gertrude Stein. The materials on display are gifts of The Jerome E. Weinstein and Charlotte B. Weinstein Family Trust.
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A View from the Vault: Fifty Years of Collecting

Behind the glass in the exhibit hall is an extensive exhibition of the papers of over 150 individuals in more than 60 exhibit cases where you will find the private letters, notes, annotated manuscripts, published volumes, photographs, and personal scrapbooks of the collectees of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
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The Fairbanks Legacy: The Archives of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

This major exhibition provides an insight into the many facets that composed the life and career of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.: actor, producer, decorated naval officer, diplomat, author, and public servant.
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Pin His Ear to the Wisdom Post: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the School of Prophets

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who received his doctorate from the School of Theology in 1955 six months before he stepped into history as the leader of the legendary Montgomery Bus Boycott, is not merely the most celebrated graduate of Boston University; he is its quintessential alumnus, the personification of the vision its founders had in establishing the institution in 1839.
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Boston's Great Maestro Arthur Fiedler

The exhibition Boston's Great Maestro Arthur Fiedler documents the life and career of Arthur Fiedler and his legendary association with the Boston Pops.
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Bidú Sayão: A Tribute

This small exhibition follows the life and career of Brazilian-American opera star Bidú Sayão.
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