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Exhibits at the University of Oregon Libraries

The exhibits program of the University of Oregon Libraries is a valuable means of promoting the educational mission of the libraries and its relationship with the academic community.

The goals of the exhibit program are

  • to highlight the strengths and diversity of the library's collections
  • to promote library programs and campus events
  • to acknowledge gifts and to encourage giving
  • to celebrate library and university milestones and accomplishments

Current Exhibits:

Tiptree exhibit posterNo Intent to Deceive: Creating a Science Fiction Writer's Identity as James Tiptree, Jr.

Knight Library, first floor
November 2015-February 2016

Who was James Tiptree, Jr.? For nearly a decade, this mystery intrigued the science fiction world. When the answer finally arrived, it would open up fascinating new vistas of critical insight; ideas that are still being discussed to this day.

Tiptree shot to fame in the late 1960s with a writing voice unlike any other. Winner of three Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards between 1973 and 1977, he inspired impassioned debates among readers and critics, and struck up epistolary friendships with fellow writers Ursula K. Le Guin, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, and Joanna Russ. Tiptree’s frank, humorous, intimate letters dropped hints about a Chicago childhood, travels in colonial Africa, World War II service “in a Pentagon sub-basement,” and employment with the CIA. But none of his literary friends had ever seen Tiptree or spoken with the author in person.

Then in 1976 a few people received letters from Tiptree that told of his mother’s death. After checking the Chicago obituaries, his friends discovered that Tiptree could only be Alice Bradley Sheldon, surviving daughter.

Celebrating the acquisition by the UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) of the James Tiptree, Jr. literary papers, this exhibit accompanies the James Tiptree, Jr. Symposium that will bring luminaries of the science fiction field to the UO Campus in December. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Time's PencilTime's Pencil exhibit poster

Shakespeare after the Folio
Special Collections and University Archives (Knight Library, second floor North)
January 6-March 28, 2016

In Sonnet 16, Shakespeare writes of “Time’s pencil,” the passage of time that changes even a beloved person, seeming to depict him differently physically and in memory as the years pass.

This installation in Knight Library is a companion to the traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, January 6-February 7. The materials in Time’s Pencil show what happened after the First Folio’s publication in 1623. They offer orientation about Shakespeare’s writing methods and then survey the many shapes his work has taken for readers and audiences with the passing of time.

Perhaps no other author has influenced the world as Shakespeare has. Yet what seems like the influence of a single writer also reflects the cultures that responded to Shakespeare. From the playwrights who adapted his plays to best please their own audiences, to the editors who offered countless versions of his “true” writings, to the many new stories told about Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s readers have recreated the author in myriad ways.

In his Sonnets, Shakespeare treats Time as a kind of rival poet; the Time's Pencil exhibit looks at some of the stories that poet has told about Shakespeare.

Curated by Lara Bovilsky, Associate Professor of English
Assisted by Bruce Tabb, Special Collections Librarian

Supported by the Kingsley Weatherhead Undergraduate Shakespeare Fund in the Department of English and the UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives.

(Additional volumes from the UO Libraries' rare books collection--including Shakespeare's Second and Fourth Folios and the first edition of the works of playwright Ben Jonson--will be on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, January 6-February 7, supplementing the traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare LibraryAdmission to the museum is FREE throughout this event.)

From Novel in Verse to Opera: Pushkin, Tchaikovsky, and Eugene Onegin


In conjunction with Eugene Opera's 2016 production of Eugene Onegin, this exhibition at Knight Library explores Russian intellectual and cultural life of the nineteenth century, when Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837) and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) flourished.

Pushkin, Russia’s greatest poet and prose writer, wrote his novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, between 1823-1831. It became a revered national masterpiece, recited by actors on the Russian stage since the early 1840s. As an act of sincere tribute to a poet of unsurpassed genius, Tchaikovsky composed an opera based on Eugene Onegin, which premiered in Moscow in 1879.

Through the UO Libraries’ exhibit, viewers can explore a variety of materials pertaining to this classic work of Russian literature: Pushkin’s illustrations to his novel in verse, Tchaikovsky’s comments in his letters and diaries, scores and recordings of the opera, programs published by various opera companies that have staged the work, and many other artifacts.


The Rights, Rules & Rides of Oregon

September 2015 - March 2016

John E. Jaqua Law Library
William W. Knight Law Center (1515 Agate Street), 2nd floor
From Portland’s bike artisans to its cycling mayors like Bud Clark and Sam Adams, Oregon boasts a vibrant bike culture. Oregon bicyclists have actively lobbied against auto-centric transportation laws since the 1970s. In 1971, the Oregon legislature passed the Oregon Bicycle Bill (ORS 366.514), but the statute was not fully enforced until the Oregon Transportation Alliance brought suit against Portland in 1995.
This exhibit focuses on Oregon’s bike culture and the bicycle laws and policies that allow it to thrive. 
For Law Library hours, visit

A Teahouse, a Wigwam, and the Sex Lives of Vegetables

An exhibit in the Architecture & Allied Arts Library

Enrich your experience of the new academic year with a visit to the A&AA Library, and take a look at a new exhibit featuring some of the unique items to be found in our collections.
On exhibit are eight intriguing artists’ books which showcase some of the creative and skillful approaches used in this form of art. Examples make use of a variety of materials and cover such diverse topics as conspiracies by rabbits, human rights, Chinese opera, and things about vegetables you never knew.
Also on display is a Chippewa wigwam model, an example of many models of Native American architecture created for a course taught by Professor Leland M. Roth.
Another unique item to see is a rare pop-up model of a Japanese teahouse, one of 90 from a set designed to offer clients and builders three-dimensional examples and specifications appropriate to the ceremony of their choice.

The A&AA Library is itself an ongoing exhibit with art, models, and other artifacts filling its spaces.

 On display in the Architecture & Allied Arts Library during Fall 2015.

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