Previous & Online Exhibitions

Surrealism and Magic

Surrealism and Magic

August 30 – December 21, 2014

Curators: Laurent Ferri & Andrew C. Weislogel

Speaking of Sex

Speaking of Sex

February 14 – October 11, 2014

Curator: Brenda Marston

Now Scream! The Hip Hop Collection Exhibition

Now Scream! The Hip Hop Collection Exhibition

April 4, 2013 - February 4, 2014

Curator: Ben Ortiz

Remembering Lincoln at Gettysburg

Remembering Lincoln at Gettysburg

October 24, 2013 - December 20, 2013

Curator: Lance Heidig

An Enemy Race

An Enemy Race: Documents on the Internment of Japanese-Americans

August 21 - October 17, 2013

Curator: Daniel J. Mckee

The Cornell Papyrus

The Cornell Papyrus

May 1 - August 15, 2013

Curator: Fredrika Loew


Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation at 150

February 1 - April 30, 2013

Curator: Lance Heidig

Wardrobes and Rabbit Holes

Wardrobes and Rabbit Holes: A Dark History of Children's Literature

November 7, 2012 - March 22, 2013

Curator: Eisha Neely



Curator: Professor Medina Lasansky

Dawn's Early Light

Dawn’s Early Light: The First 50 Years of American Photography

October 20, 2011 – May 27, 2012

Curator: Jenny Bagert

Animal Legends

Animal Legends: From the Trojan Horse to Godzilla

March 4, 2011 - October 14, 2011

Curator: Laurent Ferri

Werner Pfeiffer

Werner Pfeiffer: Book-Objects and Artist Books

October 20, 2010 - February 25, 2011

Curator: Werner Pfeiffer


The Art & Life of Alison Mason Kingsbury

November 20, 2010 - February 25, 2011

Curator: Jillian Piccirilli

Android Dreams

Android Dreams: Philip K. Dick and Ridley Scott's Replicant Futures

August 19, 2010 - October 8, 2010

Curator: Gabriel McKee


Known to Everyone - Liked by All: The Business of Being Mark Twain

April 23, 2010 - October 8, 2010

Curator: Lance Heidig


The Lincoln Presidency: Last Full Measure of Devotion

October 20, 2009 - April 16, 2010

Curator: Katherine A. Reagan


Charles Darwin: After the Origin

February 12 - October 7, 2009

Curator: Sheila Ann Dean


Song of the Vine: A History of Wine

June 5, 2008 to February 2, 2009

Curators: Evan Earle and Eileen Heeran


LaFayette: Citizen of Two Worlds

September 25, 2007 to June 1, 2008

Curator: Laurent Ferri

Ezra Cornell

“I Would Found an Institution”: The Ezra Cornell Bicentennial

March 8 to September 20, 2007

Curators: Elaine Engst and Carol Kammen

Edgar Allan Poe

Nevermore: The Edgar Allan Poe Collection of Susan Jaffe Tane

September 29, 2006 to February 24, 2007

Curators: Katherine Reagan and Susan Jaffe Tane

Baldwin Memorial Stairway

Baldwin Memorial Stairway

November 2006

Curator: Elaine Engst

In the Founders' Footsteps: Builders of the Cornell University Library

In the Founders’ Footsteps: Builders of the Cornell University Library

June 8 to September 23, 2006

Curator: Katherine Reagan

Vanished Worlds, Enduring People

Vanished Worlds, Enduring People: Cornell University Library's Native American Collection

October 21, 2005 to June 2, 2006

Curator: Mary Dana Marks

Alpha Phi Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: A Centennial Celebration

November 2005

Curator: Petrina Jackson

Nabokovs Lolita

Nabokov at Cornell: Celebrating Lolita's Fiftieth Anniversary

September 7 to October 17, 2005

Curator: Katherine Reagan

Cornell's James Joyce Collection

From Dublin to Ithaca: Cornell's James Joyce Collection

June 9 to October 12, 2005

Curators: Margaret Nichols and Katherine Reagan

Willard Fiske

The Passionate Collector: Willard Fiske and his Libraries

February 10 to May 28, 2005

Curators: Patrick Stevens, Eleanor Brown, Elaine Engst, Susette Newberry and Katherine Reagan

Get Out the Vote!

Get Out the Vote!
Campaigning for the U. S. Presidency

October 7, 2004 to February 4, 2005

Curator: Susette Newberry

LHB in a Rocking Chair

Liberty Hyde Bailey: A Man for All Seasons

June 10 to October 2, 2004

Curator: Elaine Engst

Olympic Commemorative Medal

Cornell Olympic Medalists

August 1 to October 2, 2004

Curator: Corey Earle ’2007

Available on the Cornell Athletics website

The Tianjin Yamen

600 Years of Urban Planning and Development in and around Tianjin

Winter 2004: April 7 - June 4, 2004

Curator: Thomas Hahn

Early Black Women

Early Black Women at Cornell: Part and Apart, 1890s-1930s

February 2 - March 31, 2004

Curators: Petrina Jackson and Brenda Marston

A.D. White

Legacy of Leadership | Cornell's Presidents

Fall 2003 - Winter 2004

Curator: Elaine Engst and Susette Newberry

What the Children Like

Pastimes & Paradigms:
Games We Play

Spring 2004: February 5 to April 3, 2004

Curator: Eleanor Brown


Leonard Baskin & the Gehenna Press

Fall 2003: October 2, 2003 - January 9, 2004

Curator: Susette Newberry

Samuel Ringgold Ward

“I will be heard!”:
Abolitionism in America

Summer 2003: June 5, 2003 - September 27, 2003

Curators: Petrina Jackson and Katherine Reagan


Mozart and the Keyboard Culture of His Time

Spring 2003: February 6, 2003 - May 30, 2003

Curators: Katherine Reagan, Neal Zaslaw, Augustus Arnone, Emily Dolan, Wiebke Thormählen, and Lenore Coral


From Manuscript to Print:
The Evolution of the Medieval Book

Fall 2002: October 31, 2002 - January 31, 2003

Curators: Robert Ziomkowski and Katherine Reagan

1564 German Cookery Book

Not by Bread Alone:
America’s Culinary Heritage

Summer 2002: June 6 - October 4, 2002

Curators: Katherine Reagan, Eleanor Brown, Eileen Keating, Brenda Marston, Margaret Nichols, and Susan Szasz Palmer

the Keepsake

Women in the Literary Marketplace:

Spring 2002: February 8 - May 31, 2002

Curator: Katherine Reagan

Jade Seal

Treasures of the Asia Collections

Fall/Winter 2001: August 24 - December 21, 2001

Curators: Thomas Hahn (China), Ved Kayastha (South Asia), Frederick Kotas (Japan), and Allen Riedy (Southeast Asia), with Elaine Engst and Susan Szasz Palmer (RMC)

League of Women Voters

From Domesticity to Modernity:
What Was Home Economics?

Spring/Summer 2001: March 30 - August 17 2001

Curator: Eileen Keating

My Countryman

An Exhibition of Political Americana

Winter 2000: October 17 2000 - March 16 2001

Curator: Susan Szasz Palmer

Mary with Infant Jesus

Living and Reliving the Icelandic Sagas

Fall 2000: August 17 - October 10, 2000

Curator: Patrick J. Stevens


Nature’s Garland:
Illustrated Botanical Works from Cornell University Library

Summer 2000: June 8 - August 8, 2000

Curator: Katherine Reagan

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth and the Romantic Imagination:
A Scholar’s Collection

Spring 2000: February 7, - May 30, 2000

Curator: Paul F. Betz

Alison Lurie

Alison Lurie:
Writer At Work

Fall 1999: October - January, 2000

Curator: Lorna Knight


Beautiful Birds:
Masterpieces from the Hill Ornithology Collection

Summer 1999: June 10 - September 30, 1999

Guest Curator: Jeanne White

Gutenberg Bible Leaf

The Art of the Book:
500 Years of Printing, Illustration, and Bookbinding

Winter 1998: January - April, 1998

Spring 1999: December - May, 1999

Curator: Katherine Reagan

Laura (Riding) Jackson & the Promise of Language

Fall 1998: October - December, 1998

Curator: Margaret Nichols


Vladimir Nabokov Centenary

Summer 1998: June - September, 1998

Curator: Katherine Reagan

A.R. Ammons

Archie A. R. Ammons:
The Writing Life

Spring 1998: April - June, 1998

Curator: Lorna Knight

Well-Tempered Poster

The Well-Tempered Collection:
Music Resources at Cornell University

October 17, 1997 - January 10, 1998

Curators: Lenore Coral and Jim Cassaro

Pen in Hand Poster

I Take This Pen in Hand:
Letters Home From Everyday People

Summer 1997: June - September, 1997

Curator: Lorna Knight

The Instinct of an Artist:
Shaw and the Theatre

Spring 1997: March - June, 1997

Curator: Ann Ferguson

Cornell Nobel Laureates

The Prize:
Cornell Nobel Laureates

Winter 1997: February 24 - April 5, 1997

Curator: Elaine Engst and Mark Dimunation

A Legacy of Ideas:
Andrew Dickson White and the Founding of the Cornell Library

Summer 1996: June - September 1996

Curator: Mark Dimunation

Young Ezra Cornell

Invention & Enterprise:
Ezra Cornell, a Nineteenth-Century Life

Spring 1996: April - June 1996

Curator: Elaine Engst

The Artistry of Elfriede Abbe

Winter 1996: January - March 1996

Curators: Ruth Copans (guest curator; Skidmore College Library), and Donna Hassler (guest curator; City University of New York)

Book of Hours

Paper, Leather, Clay, & Stone:
The Written Word Materialized

Fall 1995: September - January 1995

Curators: Mark Dimunation, Maryterese Pasquale-Bowen (guest curator; Ithaca High School), and D. Fairchild Ruggles (guest curator; Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University)

RMC Reference Room Exhibitions

Daniel Willard Fiske

The Rhaeto-Romance Collection

August - September, 1998

Curator: Patrick J. Stevens

Women Challenging Gender

March - June, 1998

Curator: Brenda J. Marston

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