About exhibits

Since the reopening of the Bing Wing of Green Library in September of 1999, the exhibits staff of Special Collections, in collaboration with a host of curators, have produced more than fifty major exhibitions, including Herbert Matter: Modernist Photography and Graphic Design, Zuancho in Kyoto: Textile Design Books for the Kimono Trade, Charles Dickens & Show Biz, The American Enlightenment: Treasures from the Stanford University Libraries, the two-part Monuments of Printing: From Gutenberg through the Book Arts Revival, and Scripting the Sacred: Medieval Latin Manuscripts, among others.

At present, the Department of Special Collections presents three primary exhibits per calendar year in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda. The goals of the exhibits program are to:

  • enhance the visibility and accessibility of Special Collections and University Archives materials by providing viewers with a scholarly, visually dynamic, and interpretive context in which to consider objects on display; 
  • inform the university community of recent acquisitions, and reveal resources for teaching and research in Special Collections and the Libraries as a whole;
  • encourage working collaborations between the libraries and academic departments, faculty, students, and the broader Stanford community;
  • promote collection development through publicity and outreach

For more information about the Special Collections exhibits program, please contact Becky Fischbach, Exhibits Manager & Designer; Stanford University, Department of Special Collections, Stanford, CA 94305; ph. 650-725-1020; fax 650-723-8690.

In addition to these primary exhibits, the Stanford University Archives offers a number of smaller exhibits throughout the year, often in partnership with campus departments, centers, and student groups. These exhibits are situated in Green Library's South Lobby and Bender Room, and the Arrillaga Alumni Center. Pop-up exhibits are occasionally also offered. If you are interested in learning more about the potential to partner in the production of an exhibit, please contact the universityarchives@stanford.edu.