Browse Exhibits (45 total)

Radicalism in Southeast Kansas

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This is an online version of a physical exhibit that was on display in Kenneth Spencer Research Library from through May 2023. The exhibit was created by Walter Sours, Student Assistant with Public Services at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Walter is a History and American Studies student at the University of Kansas. This exhibit is adapted from research that he did on Radicalism in Southeast Kansas for his Honors Undergraduate thesis in History. He chose this topic because he is from Southeast Kansas and feels that the history of the region is rich and largely unexplored.


Keeping the Books: The Rubinstein Collection of the Orsetti Family Business Archive


This is an online version of a physical exhibit that featured samples from a large collection of Italian bound business records dating primarily from the 16th-18th centuries. It was on display in Kenneth Spencer Research Library in the fall of 2022, created by Whitney Baker, Head, Conservation Services.


LibArt 2022

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Digital Exhibit for the 2022-2023 LibArt Program


Inquiry as Activism: Social Research & Achievement in the National Urban League

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In the year 1910, a collective group of racial reformers founded the National Urban League in New York City. Its mission today seeks to advance “economic empowerment, equality, and social justice” for African Americans and other underserved groups. Through research on the disparities of common welfares for African Americans, the National Urban League uses their findings to assist and counsel in the areas of housing, education, job placement, and employment discrimination. The League has generated millions of dollars in funding that has supported educational scholarships, informational programs, and employment networks. They are known for assisting in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the planning of the 1963 March on Washington. Today, the organization comprises 90 Urban League affiliate offices in the states that act as a liaison between the national office and local communities. This relationship helps to ensure the closing of equality gaps that exist in underserved communities, and growth in economic empowerment, educational health, civic engagement, and social welfare.

This is an online version of a physical exhibit that was on display in Kenneth Spencer Research Library from March 2019 through April of 2022. The exhibit was created by Tyler Allen, Student Assistant with the African American Experience Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library.


Mary Huntoon: Artist & Art Therapist

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This exhibit is part of Conserving Campus Collections: A Collaborative Model, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a partnership between The University of Kansas Libraries and the Spencer Museum of Art to bring together the two institutions around common objectives that advance KU priorities. 

Mary Huntoon (1896-1970), a Kansas-born artist and early pioneer of art therapy, is well represented in the collections of the Spencer Museum of Art and the Spencer Research Library, totaling over 400 works on paper such as prints, drawings, and paintings, in addition to her personal papers. Mary Huntoon: Artist and Art Therapist, focuses on three themes: Huntoon’s contributions to the development of the field of art therapy; her artistic career; and an inside look at the conservation examinations and treatments completed for the collection. We would like to thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for enabling this collaboration.

Unless otherwise indicated, all art on display was created by Mary Huntoon, born Topeka, Kansas, 1896; died Hoyt, Kansas, 1970.

“Art is a graphic expression of an experience.  The artist is showing what he saw, what he feels and sometimes what he thinks but cannot put into words.” - Mary Huntoon 



LibArt 2021


Digital Exhibit for the 2021-2022 LibArt Program


Gold Medal Club 1971

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Congratulations to the Class of 1971 from each of us at the University of Kansas Libraries. To honor the golden anniversary of your graduation, KU Libraries present this digital exhibition of memorabilia from your time on the KU campus. With a variety of photographs and digitized materials from the University Archives, we hope you will be transported back in time to remember your years on the Hill. 

The tabs at the top of this page will guide you through memories of student life, homecoming, commencement, and the political unrest and activism that was so impactful for our campus.

This is an online exhibit from spring 2021. The exhibit was created by Molly Herring, Associate Archivist, University Archives, Kenneth Spencer Research Library.


LibArt 2020


Digital Exhibit for the 2020-2021 LibArt Program


Women's Suffrage: The Lighter Side


When we talk about the history of the women’s suffrage movement, the narrative is often quite serious in terms of focus and tone. We read the rhetoric and arguments for and against suffrage; we learn about the struggles faced – mockery, ostracism, even imprisonment. But in the midst of all this seriousness existed publications and ephemera full of sass, humor, and wit! 

Featured here is a selection of items from our collections that show the lighter side of the women’s suffrage movement. Published several years before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, these items include satirical essays and poems, popular song parodies, and nursery rhyme re-imaginings.

This is an online exhibit from Fall 2020. The exhibit was created by Emily Beran, Public Services, Kenneth Spencer Research Library.