The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University Presents a Commemorative Lecture and Exhibition Opening Honoring Its Founder

in Humanities/Social Science, News Releases
October 17th, 2006

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 |

Boston – In remembrance of Dr. Howard Gotlieb, founder of the Boston University Department of Special Collections (now the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center), HGARC is hosting a joint lecture and exhibition opening on what would have been Dr. Gotlieb’s 80th birthday. In addition to the unveiling of a portrait of Dr. Gotlieb by painter Kevin Gordon, the event will feature lectures by two distinguished British authors, Lord Asa Briggs and Sir Alistair Horne, followed by a brief audience question and answer period, as well as a reception. Exhibitions of both authors’ papers will be on display at the event and later on the first floor of Mugar Library.

Event Details
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Metcalf Hall (2nd Floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Comm. Ave.)
Contact: For more information/To RSVP, call 617-353-1218
**Admission is free for Boston University students **

Lord Asa Briggs’ groundbreaking and influential volumes on British history and culture have made him Britain’s most academically revered and popularly acclaimed historian. His writings include several books and essays on Victorian Britain, a five-volume history of British broadcasting, Karl Marx, the Industrial Revolution, historiography, and the media. He has devoted much of his career to improving access to higher education both in Britain and around the world, acting as an advisor to various governments on making distance learning accessible to remote regions and disadvantaged populations.

Sir Alistair Horne is one of Britain’s most distinguished scholars and historians. His studies of European history have garnered him widespread critical acclaim and popularity. Among his many published volumes are the histories The Price of Glory: Verdun, 1916, and A Savage War of Peace: Algeria, 1954-1962. In 2003, he was made a commander of the British Empire. Currently, he is researching the papers of former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger at the Library of Congress for the authorized biography that he is writing.

Dr. Howard Gotlieb founded the Department of Special Collections at Boston University in 1963. At a time when this was not a focus of most institutions, Dr. Gotlieb dedicated his career to building a repository documenting contemporary society and culture. Prior to beginning his 43-year tenure at BU, Dr. Gotlieb served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, where he did his first archival work with Nazi government papers. He also studied at George Washington University, Columbia University and Oxford University, where he received his doctorate in international relations. He then spent seven years as a teacher and curator at Yale University before coming to Boston University. The Department of Special Collections was renamed the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center in 2003. Dr. Gotlieb was founding director at the time of his death in December 2005.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University collects the papers of over 2,000 important figures in the fields of literature, criticism, journalism, drama, music, film, civil rights, diplomacy, and public affairs, including Martin Luther King Jr., David Halberstam, Bette Davis and Dan Rather. Further details can be found at

Dr. Howard Gotlieb
Dr. Howard Gotlieb

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