Exhibits University of Oregon Libraries

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:

Apparatus by Craig Hickman

An exhibit located in Knight Library, first floor.

According to The Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, “The applicant for a patent will be required by law to furnish a drawing of the invention whenever the nature of the case requires a drawing to understand the invention.”

Pulling from the pages of the UO Libraries’ extensive collection of Patent Office Gazettes, Craig Hickman, professor of digital arts with the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts, has assembled this exhibit of weird, wonderful, esoteric, and oddly inspired object illustrations. Dating from the early 20th century to the heart of the Space Age, the inventions depicted are at once clever and bizarre, offering a historic perspective on American ingenuity at its most offbeat extremes.

For more on Apparatus—including many additional pictures and technical information on how they were edited and processed for clarity—visit Craig Hickman’s website, dryreading.com.

Goodbye Broadway. Hello France

Goodbye Broadway. Hello France is on display in the exhibit cases on the first floor of Knight Library near the Browsing Room, continuing in Music Services on the third floor. This exhibit features World War I songs from UO Libraries’ Historic Sheet Music Collection.






White Rose exhibitDie Weiße Rose - The White Rose
An exhibit chronicling The White Rose resistance group in Nazi Germany

On display in the Global Scholars Hall 1st floor and mezzanine is a traveling exhibit chronicling a renowned student resistance group in Nazi Germany. Formed by University of Munich students and their professor, The White Rose was a small, non-violent resistance group in Germany that spoke out against Nazi policies. Between June 1942 and February 1943, the members created and distributed leaflets that called for the active opposition of the German people to Adolf Hitler's regime. Seven members were executed in February 1943 and many others were imprisoned. The group's sixth leaflet, their last, known as the “Manifesto of the Students of Munich,” was later airdropped over Germany in June 1943 by Allied planes.

This exhibit is cosponsored by UO Libraries, Department of German and Scandinavian, Undergraduate Studies, and University Housing. It was created by White Rose Foundation e.V. Munich, Germany (weisse-rose-stiftung.de).

More information visit, http://library.uoregon.edu/exhibits/whiterose.

Men riding horsesBuckaroo Traditions of Oregon

The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) presents its new exhibit Buckaroo Traditions of Oregon. This exhibit celebrates the continuity of occupational traditions in rural Oregon and encourages audience understanding and appreciation of art forms arising from ranching practices. The display includes examples of vaquero and buckaroo traditions and field photography from the Folklife Survey of Southern Oregon.

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Folklife Survey of Southern Oregon enabled OFN’s contracted fieldworkers Douglas Manger and LuAnne Kozma to document working buckaroos and gear makers in Harney, Malheur, and Lake Counties. Buckaroo Traditions of Oregon is currently on view outside OFN’s office (Room 242) on the second floor of Knight Library near the South Reading Room. 

Visit the exhibit’s educational web portal here: http://blogs.uoregon.edu/oregonbuckaroos/

For more information on OFN, visit ofn.uoregon.edu

Photo courtesy of Douglas Manger

Reefer MadnessReefer Madness: The Legal History of the Loco Weed

The first cannabis-related law in America was enacted in 1619 by the Virginia Assembly, requiring all farmers to grow the plant. Nearly 400 years later, over half of all drug arrests are for marijuana. This weed has been hit by every type of law, including: international conventions; federal statutes, cases and regulations; state statutes, cases and regulations; and even county and municipal codes. As states begin to experiment with legalizing marijuana, this exhibit explores how marijuana became such a heavily controlled substance.  Learn more by visiting the exhibit in the Law Library, located inside the William W. Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene. The exhibit runs through October 2014.

For Law Library hours, visit http://library.uoregon.edu/hours/law/month.


Constance Fowler: The Old Days in and near Salem, Oregon

On exhibit during winter term in the Architecture & Allied Arts Library are original wood engravings by Constance E. Fowler which were created as part of her MFA terminal project, The Old Days in and near Salem, Oregon. The project, completed in 1940, features twenty prints depicting historic sites in the Willamette Valley. Each print is accompanied by a commentary about the scene depicted. The project was published by Dogwood Press, Seattle, in 1940, and later reprinted. Find out more

Dissent and Defiance exhibit 2015Dissent and Defiance: Pacifists, Student Protesters, and Advocates for Economic Justice

Located in Special Collections and University Archives, Paulson Reading Room, this exhibit explores the legacy of political and social resistance on the UO campus and around the state of Oregon. Areas of focus include conscientious objectors at the CPS Camp #56 on the Oregon coast during World War II, student protests against the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the Occupy Eugene Movement that began in 2011 and continues to the present day. The stories are told through selected items from the UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives: photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, rare mimeographed magazines, and assorted objects.



Questions? email exhibits@uoregon.edu

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Created by amandag on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Feb 25, 2015