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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.

Early Music Manuscripts: Works of Art and Historical Artifacts book binding

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the construction of a book of music was a laborious process which involved many steps and numerous skilled craftsmen. Each book was scribed by hand, resulting in a unique piece of work, characteristic of its purpose and its origin, and every region had its own distinctive styles of text script and musical notation. Quality and design ranged from lavishly decorated presentation books for important patrons, to hardy and functional books for everyday use, perhaps in a cathedral or monastery.  
This exhibit is located on the 3rd floor of Knight Library in the Music Services area. It examines the process of creating a music book by hand, from the preparation of animal skins for vellum to the illuminated illustrations that ornamented the most expensive books. It also traces the progression of Western musical notation from roughly sketched memory cues to the highly organized system of pitch and rhythmic symbols that was in place by the early Renaissance. Showcased in this exhibit are numerous hand tools for writing, illustration, and book repair, as well as several of the library’s significant facsimile reproductions of important medieval music manuscripts, including the 14th-century French satirical allegory Le Roman de Fauvel and the spectacular full-color facsimile of the 15th-century Italian Squarcialupi Codex.   
This exhibit was curated by Music Reference & Outreach Assistant Tara Puyat (MA, Musicology, 2015), with assistance from Ann Shaffer (Music Librarian), Marilyn Mohr (Senior Conservation Technician, Beach Conservation Lab), and Marilyn Reaves (Manuscripts Assistant, Special Collections & University Archives). 

Our Daily Bread: Women's Stories of Food and Resistance

In conjunction with the fourth annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium, the UO Libraries is exhibiting archival items documenting the career of keynote author Diana Abu-Jaber. This exhibit is located in the flat cases outside of the Browsing Room in Knight Library.

The theme "Our Daily Bread" opens conversations about the sensuality of food; food and culture; food shortages; hunger and poverty; health and eating disorders; climate change; misuse of natural resources; environmental racism; food distribution; genetic manipulation of seeds; and preparation and growing of food. Food is our daily bread, but in the practice of writing, what else feeds us? “Our Daily Bread” is a rich theme that will open the door to fruitful discussions of craft, creativity, humanity, gender, and community.

For more information: 2015 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium



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. 
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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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