Browse Exhibits (24 total)

Nobel Laureates In Literature Around The Globe

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International Nobel Laureates

Featuring books  from:

  • Africa and the Middle East
  • Bosnia (Yugoslavia), Poland, Russia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)
  • China and Japan
  • Spain, Portugal and Latin America
  • France, Germany, Italy, and India


Lasting Impact: Brown vs. the Board of Education

"[Education] is the very foundation of good citizenship. Today it is a principal instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, in preparing him for later professional training, and in helping him to adjust normally to his environment. In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms.”

Mr. Chief Justice Warren, Brown v. Board of Education 347 U.S. 483,
Argued December 9, 1952. Decided May 17, 1954



Celebrating East Asian Studies Scholarship


KU Libraries is honored to showcase the work of East Asian Studies scholars at the University of Kansas. This exhibition was created to illustrate the breadth of East Asian resources, support and scholarship found across the University of Kansas community.

Celebrating East Asian Studies Scholarship: an Interdisciplinary Showcase

February 16 through April 13, 2012


Frosted Windows: 300 Years of St. Petersburg Through Western Eyes

A window lets in light from both sides. But in damp northern climes, it’s often through a glass darkly, be it during the foggy days and White Nights of mid-summer or on snowy evenings surrounding the Winter Solstice when window-panes are frosted and folks darken the chandelier or blow out the candles and crawl early into feather-beds.

Peter the Great’s Sankt Pieter Burkh, founded 300 years ago this year as his “Window on the West,” tempted Europe and the West, much like The Little Match Girl on the coldest night of the year, to come in spiritual and intellectual hunger and in hopes of feeling the warmth and seeing the light-in-the-East they could make out through the almost opaque Petersburg crystal.


Quantrill's Raid

As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, the University of Kansas Libraries present selections from the Kansas Collection's holdings that illuminate this significant chapter in Kansas history.


Swahili Literature Through the Centuries

This exhibit highlights representative works of Swahili literature from the collection of the University of Kansas Libraries.  It features examples of various literary genres that comprise the most notable items in the Swahili collection.  These include biographical and autobiographical works, drama, fiction, poetry, and works translated into Swahili.  Also featured are the writings of Shaaban Robert (1909-1962), Tanzania’s most well-known literary figure, and examples of the interconnections between language and politics.


Kanga writings



100 Years of the Jayhawk

For more than a century the Jayhawk has served as a symbol of the University of Kansas. The long history of the Jayhawk goes back to the Kansas Territorial period, 1854-1861. This exhibit, originally featured in the Spencer Research Library exhibit gallery, brings together images and documents found in the University ArchivesKansas Collection, and Special Collections.


Robert Gordon Vosper: A Force for Libraries

Robert Gordon Vosper served as director of KU Libraries from 1951 to 1960, shaping the collections with many of its most important acquisitions and establishing innovative ways to reach out to students. He was especially known for his defense of intellectual freedom, notably mounting an exhibition on banned books during the height of the McCarthy era, doing so with strong support from Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy.
Robert Vosper was named one of the top 100 most important people in 20th century librarianship by American Libraries, a publication of the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA lauded him “as a force for libraries and for the rights of librarians as partners in scholarly enterprise…. [H]is commitment to the library as an intellectual sanctuary was an inspiration to many.”


Rhythm and Meaning: Jazz at KU

A collaborative jazz exhibit which features the KU Libraries Richard Wright Jazz Archive and donations to the Archive by Film and Media Studies professor, Chuck Berg and his wife, Beth Berg.

The exhibit highlights the Jazz scholarship of KU faculty and students and features the prominent jazz collections of the American Museum of Jazz, the Mid-America Black Archives, the UMKC LaBudde Library, the KU Spencer Museum of Art and the KU Spencer Research Library.