Current Exhibitions:

150 Ways to Say Cornell

Hirshland Exhibition Gallery

150 Ways to Say Cornell

October 17, 2014 - September 30, 2015

On April 27, 1865, New York State Governor Reuben E. Fenton, in his chambers in the old State Capitol in Albany, signed the bill that constitutes the charter of Cornell University. The ideals of the founders, Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, reflected in this Charter, were remarkable in their day and constituted a truly radical educational experiment for the 1860s. This exhibit, part of Cornell's celebration of the Sesquicentennial, will provide a lively tour through Cornell's inspiring history through original documents, photographs, and artifacts.

Lincoln’s Unfinished Work

Carl A. Kroch Rotunda

Lincoln’s Unfinished Work

January 20 – September 30, 2015

On January 31, 1865 the United States Congress passed the 13th Amendment, ending slavery in America. President Lincoln would not live to see the final ratification of the Amendment. He was assassinated on April 14 and a shocked nation mourned his death.

Cornell University Library marks the 150th anniversary of these historic events with an exhibition featuring Cornell’s manuscript of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution—one of only 14 copies signed by Lincoln—together with other rare documents and artifacts associated with Lincoln’s funeral.

Def Jam at 30


Def Jam at 30: The Declarations of an Independent - 1984-1985

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of Def Jam Recordings. Now a long-established American brand, hailed as “the New York Yankees of hip-hop,” Def Jam has consistently fielded a Hall of Fame roster of artists. In the Eighties, that roster included LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and 3rd Bass. In the Nineties, it included Method Man, Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Ludacris, and DMX. In the 21st Century, it includes Kanye West, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, and Rihanna. Thirty years later, the label’s still going strong.

In celebration of this anniversary, the Cornell University Hip Hop Collection offers this look at 1984-85: Def Jam’s ground-breaking first year, told through rare and unique items from Bill Adler’s Hip Hop Archive.

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