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These links are to Web pages created for a variety of different exhibits held at the University of Oregon Library. Some of the exhibits are virtual, being created only for the Web environment, while other exhibit pages complement a physical exhibit that took place in the Library.

Past Exhibits

Marion Dean Ross:  The Legacy of a Scholar

Winter 2012
Ed Teague

This exhibit commemorates the contributions of Marion Dean Ross as a respected teacher, an original scholar, and generous benefactor.  Ross's legacy is on display throughout the four cases in Knight Library's two exhibit hallways. Interweaved are photographs taken by Ross himself, reproductions from rare books acquired through the Ross endowment, and architectural models created by Ross's students.

For additional information, see the online exhibit.

The Many Faces of Oregon Workers, circa 1900-1940

Fall 2005
Christy Carmichael, James Fox, Karen Munro

The struggle of women and minorities to gain a meaningful foothold in Oregon's expanding work force in the first half of the 20th century is the focus of the Knight Library exhibit and online exhibit entitled, "The Many Faces of Oregon's Workers, circa 1900-1940." The exhibit draws extensively from the collections of photography and historical materials housed in the library's Special Collections and University Archives.

For additional information, see the online exhibit.

Zines & DIY Democracy

Spring 2005
Doug Blandy

Zines (pronounced "zeens"), which are noncommercial, nonprofessional, small-circulation magazines that come in all shapes and sizes, offer a "do-it-yourself" (DIY) space for public discussion and the development of public values. As one of the exhibit's text panels describes it: "Zines exemplify a type of independent social critique and public engagement necessary to democracy."

Doug Blandy, associate dean for academic affairs and a professor in architecture and allied arts, was joined by a team of UO faculty and students in designing and curating the exhibit. Blandy, who taught a freshman seminar on zines last spring, says that they provide a powerful and critically important forum for free speech in a healthy democracy. "Many readers, especially young people, are drawn to zines because they challenge conventional wisdom about our political and social values," says Blandy. "They communicate the spirit and principles of grassroots democracy in its purest form."

From Page to Stage

Winter 2005
Jeffrey Mason

The exhibit traces the research process used to bring the physical and atmospheric qualities of New York in the 1950s to a modern stage for the production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge . Photographs and other documents related to Miller's life and career are on display, as well as several examples of source documents-books, photographs, clothing catalogs, and drama reviews-that provided the designers with crucial information on how to reconstruct the ambience of Red Hook, an Italian immigrant neighborhood situated just below the Brooklyn Bridge, the bridge referred to in the play's title.

Uniting East and West: The Life and Work of Gertrude Bass Warner

Fall 2004
Ce Rosenow

The exhibit showcases materials held in Special Collections and University Archives that relate to Warner's life. Her original manuscripts, letters, travel diaries, photographs, Shinto shrine memorabilia, and Japanese lantern slides make up part of the collection and are featured in the exhibit. Gertrude Bass Warner, who moved to Eugene in 1921, encouraged the UO to establish its own art museum. She served as the museum's first curator and donated her own collection of art-the Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art, named after her husband-as the museum's signature collection.

Browse or search digitized images from the Gertrude Bass Warner Collection, 1903-1929, from the Libraries' Historical Photograph Collection.

Building Oregon

August 2004-- October 10, 2004
Ed Teague
Since 1873, when construction began on the State University Building (now called Deady Hall), a continuously shifting progression of architectural styles has made its way across the University of Oregon campus. Now, for the first time, a chronological pictorial history of the UO's architectural transformation can be viewed in a new exhibit in Knight Library.

The exhibit features more than 150 photographs, architectural drawings, maps, and other documents that trace the history of UO architecture from 1873 to the present.


Baseball: researching the national pastime

April 2004-- July 2004
Blake Scott, Ted Smith, and Mark Watson
During Spring term 2004, the exhibit cases in the Knight Library feature an exhibit on the sport of baseball, which has been called "America's National Pastime." The exhibit highlights materials available in the library's colections and in the University archives, and features a research project undertaken by one of the authors along with a history of varsity baseball at the University and a tribute to baseball fans. The exhibit was put on on April 2, and will be up until June.

The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

July 7, 2003 - October 3, 2003
Barbara A. Butler and Andrea Coffman

Director's Cut: A Selection from the Papers of James Ivory

April 14, 2003 - July 1, 2003
Linda Long
You can have an over-the-shoulder view of how films like "Howards End" and "A Room with a View" get made thanks to a generous donation of papers from award-winning filmmaker and UO grad James Ivory. The exhibition of some of this material is Director's Cut: A Selection from the Papers of James Ivory, and includes production files, screenplays, photographs, and other documents used in the production of some of Ivory's many films.

The Naked Researcher

February 1, 2003 to April , 2003
Colleen Bell and Robin Paynter
A central part of a college education is research; by attending the UO, we all become part of a research community. The Naked Researcher reveals the researcher within everyone and celebrates curiosity and the pursuit of new ideas.


November 9, 2002 - January 14, 2003

Sara Browmmiller, JQ Johnson, Betsy Kelly
Wireless@UOLibraries connects library patrons with laptop computers to the wireless world within the UO Libraries. This exhibit provides some history and background to the wireless world, identifies wireless locations in campus libraries, and offers an overview of setting up a wireless connection.

Welcome to the University of Oregon Libraries. . . Connecting diverse resources with a diverse community

August 15, 2002 - October 31, 2002
The University of Oregon Libraries Diversity Committee: Rose Thomas, chair; David Landazuri; David McCallum; Angus Nesbit; Ed Teague; and Heather Ward
This week of welcome exhibit focuses on some of the many multicultural resources that enrich our scholarly community. The four unique displays also feature the diverse formats -- print, electronic, image, sound -- available to enhance research and learning.

Selected Exhibits from 1998 to 2001

The exhibits below were created between 1998 and 2001, before the University of Oregon Libraries created their exhibits policy and the UO Libraries Exhibits Committee.

Under Western Skies: Ernest Haycox and the West in Fiction and Film

This exhibit celebrates the life and writings of Oregon author Ernest Haycox, consummate writer of Western fiction whose action stories are about romantic cowboys, ranchers, U.S. marshals, farmers and pioneer women in typical western settings such as frontier towns, army outposts and sprawling cattle ranches. Haycox was a prolific writer who produced 24 novels and more than 200 short stories.

Talk of the Town: Jane Grant, 'The New Yorker', and the Oregon Legacy of a Twentieth-Century Feminist

The Talk of the Town is an exhibit and program of events celebrating Women's History Month and the gift to the University of Oregon that created the Center for the Study of Women in Society.

Experiencing the Blues: A Blues Bibliography, Videography and Guide and Duke Ellington, 1899 - 1974

Experiencing the Blues: A Blues Bibliography, Videography and Guide and Duke Ellington, 1899 - 1974 are presented by the Music Services Department in celebration of Black History Month, February 1999. Experiencing the Blues was on display on the first floor of the Knight Library, while Duke Ellington was on display in the Music Services Department.

Share a Laugh with the Music Services Department: A List of Recordings, Scores & Books Proving Musicians Have a Sense of Humor

This list accompanied a display in the Music Services Department during January 1999.

Twentieth-Century American Children's Literature

This exhibition illustrates the major holdings in children's literature owned by the Special Collections and University Archives of the University of Oregon Library. The exhibition was on display in the Knight Library during January 1999.

Feminist & Lesbian Periodical Collection

The Feminist and Lesbian Periodical Collection contains 482 lesbian and feminist periodical titles including 36 Oregon titles and 31 international titles. The entire collection spans from 1932 to 1997 and 80 percent with titles covering the 1970s. There are 81 titles in this collection which include the first issue published. The majority of periodicals in this collection were collected and donated by Ruth and Jean Mountaingrove of Wolf Creek, Oregon.

This exhibit was prepared by Emily Glenn, former Orbis Borrowing Technician, UO Library.

1898: An Online Exhibit of Images from Oregon Newspapers of 100 Years Ago

Richard Bear, former Microforms Coordinator, created this Web exhibit to provide a flavor of life in Oregon captured from the Library's collection of historic newspapers on microfilm.

Feminist Voices & Visions from the Pacific Northwest

This online exhibit provides an alternate method of viewing an exhibit held in the Knight Library in March 1998 to celebrate Women's History Month. The exhibit honors Abigail Scott Duniway, an early Oregon feminist who was instrumental in getting the vote for women in Oregon, and CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women.


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