Past Exhibits in Special Collections

2011

Locomotion: Travel and Transportation

December 2011 - February 2012

The focus of this exhibit was on the travel and transportation components contained in our Lawrence B. Romaine Trade Catalog Collection, but also included selections from our Bernath, Wyles, and California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA) collections.

 

Recent Acquisitions in Special Collections, 2011

August 22 - November 10, 2011

This exhibit displayed books and manuscripts acquired by the Department of Special Collections over the past year, including artist's books, photograph collections, silkscreens, and other materials.

 

Framing the Word: The Making of the Modern Bible, c. 1250-1611

May 16 - July 15, 2011

Twenty-seven rare books and manuscripts from the 13th through 17th centuries trace the history of the modern Bible, from its beginnings as a series of partial manuscripts to the single volume format that exists today. The exhibit was curated by Sharon Farmer, professor of history at UCSB, and six UCSB undergraduate students.

 

The American Presidency

February 4 - April 29, 2011

This exhibit featured materials from Special Collections on sixteen of the United States presidents, including items from the Frank K. Kelly Collection, Lou Cannon – Ronald Reagan Papers, Stanley K. Sheinbaum Collection, other Special, Wyles, and Bernath collections.

 

 

2010

Exploring the Boundaries: The Artist Book

November 8, 2010 - January 14, 2011

This exhibit in Special Collections displayed artist books from Special Collections and the Arts Library as part of the 3 Millionth Volume Celebration.



Recent Acquisitions in Special Collections: 2010

September 9 - October 31, 2010

This exhibit in Special Collections displayed highlights from book and manuscript collections acquired during the past year. Exhibit included books from the Alfred and Carol Schmitz Collection, the Stanley Sheinbaum Collection, mail art from the Judith A. Hoffberg Collection, the Joel Conway / Early California Aviation Photograph Collection, and other highlights from the Oral History, Performing Arts, Special, Wyles and CEMA collections.


Edouard Pecourt Collection: An Exhibit of Early French Cylinder and Disc Recordings

July 1 - August 31, 2010

Edouard Pecourt was a Parisian record dealer and collector who owned La Boîte à Disques in Paris from the early 1950s until he emigrated, along with his collection, to the United States in 1986. Pecourt’s extraordinary collection of over 3,000 cylinders and 18,000 discs was acquired by the UCSB Library in 2010. The library’s collection of cylinder recordings now numbers over 12,000 titles, and outside of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, it contains the largest collection of French cylinders in a public institution. Selections from the collection are on exhibit in the Department of Special Collections.



Maps and Atlases in Special Collections

March 8 - May 28, 2010

This exhibit featured a selection of maps, atlases (and related materials) from Special Collections holdings from across a wide geographic and chronological range showing areas of the ancient, old and new worlds as well as other cartographic/geographic entities. Represented works were from the Wyles, Printers and Bernath Collections with antique maps from the John and Peggy Maximus Collection and other sources featuring the work of noted cartographers such as Mercator, Blaeu, Tirion and Zatta among others.

 

 

2009

¡Movimiento! Exhibit on the Chicano Movement

December 7, 2009 - February 20, 2010

This exhibit centered on the movement for social justice and equity that was actually another stage in the continuum of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement that began in the 1940s. The displays were organized thematically and drew from a variety of sources from collections in the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA).


Recent Acquisitions: 2009

August 31 - November 21, 2009

This exhibit in Special Collections displayed highlights from book and manuscript collections acquired during the past year.


The U.S. and the World after 1945

May 15 - August 15, 2009

The exhibit displayed materials that reflect the political and cultural state of the world after the end of World War II. Topics included the beginning of the Atomic Age, post-war Japan and post-war Germany, the Cold War, popular culture in the Atomic Age, and the post colonial world.


Made in Germany: The Work of Five Book Artists

February 13 - April 10, 2009

Along with the UC Santa Barbara Library, Professor Harry Reese - of the Department of Art and the College of Creative Studies - and book artist Gunnar Kaldewey presented “Made in Germany,” recent artist books from five contemporary fine arts presses from Germany for an exhibit in Special Collections, 3rd floor, Davidson Library in Winter 2009.

 

 

2008

Roots of Community: African American Activism in Santa Barbara

 December 1, 2008 - February 11, 2009

The winter 2009 exhibit focused on the African American leaders of Santa Barbara and their legacy of activism for civic improvement, equity, and social justice. Their many decades of selfless dedication contributed to the betterment of Santa Barbara, lifting the quality of life for many of our citizens.


Recent Acquisitions: 2008

July - October 2008

The exhibit in Special Collections displayed highlights from book and manuscript collections acquired during the past year.


Voyage Imaginaire

January 7 to March 28, 2008

Artist books published by Gunnar A. Kaldewey were on display in Special Collections, 3rd floor, UCSB’s Davidson Library. The exhibit was titled “Voyage Imaginaire: from China to Paris.”


Sounds Latino!

April 15- June 30, 2008

This exhibit recognizes some of the legendary music makers whose collections were established in CEMA. It traces the genesis and evolution of Chicano and Latino music through the past seventy years. The Bolero, the Mambo, the Corrido, Swing, Boogie, Tex/Mex-are all woven into the fabric of the Latino cultural heritage. These include Lalo Guerrero, often called the “Father of Chicano Music,” Don Tosti, known as the “Godfather of Latin Rhythm and Blues,” and Adelina García, fondly remembered as the “Queen of the Mexican Bolero.” The exhibit showed how these artists were masters of cultural innovation as well as musical adaptation.

 

 

2007

Documenting The Lands Of The Silk Road

January 12- March 30, 2007

Selections from UCSB’s Department of Special Collections related to the various lands and cultures associated with the Silk Road. This exhibit was being held in conjunction with various campus wide events presented by the Department of Arts & Lectures and other departments relating to the history, culture, arts and music of the Silk Road.


In the Limelight: Diversity on Stage

April 13- June 30, 2007

This exhibit featured works from CEMA’s growing performing arts collections. This exhibit included original scripts, photographs, graphic art and collectibles autographed by the likes of Cesar Chavez, Luis Valdez, and Jane Fonda.

 

 

2005

Ninja Press at Twenty

January 10 - March 26, 2005

An exhibit of artists books and related work by Carolee Campbell, creator of Ninja Press and alumna of UCSB College of Creative Studies.


East Asian Resources in the Department of Special Collections

April 1 - June 30, 2005

This exhibit featured items from various areas in the Department of Special Collections that pertain to East Asia, primarily China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, but including some other locations as well. In addition to some early monographs, mainly of a geographical nature, we exhibited a number of unique photograph albums and collections, historical documents and pamphlets and representative works of various aspects of the region’s history, politics, and culture. Collections featured included Bernath, Wyles, the American Religions Collection, and Printers among others.


Recent Acquistions in Special Collections

July 11 - September 23, 2005

The exhibit in Special Collections displayed highlights from book and manuscript collections acquired during the past year.

 

 

2004

Recent Additions to Special Collections

April 14 - June 14, 2004

The exhibit in Special Collections displayed highlights from book and manuscript collections acquired during the past year.

 

 

2003

The Future in the Past: Works of Science Fiction and Fantasy From the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

January 27 - April 18, 2003


Die-Cut Advertising Literature, ca. 1880-1960

April 28 - June 30, 2003


Goldshlak (Leon A.) Gilbert & Sullivan Collection

July 1 - August 15, 2003


Comision Feminil Mexicana Nacional

September 1 - November 17, 2003

 

 

2002

58th Annual Western Books Exhibition, Rounce & Coffin Club of Los Angeles

November 18, 2002 - January 15, 2003


Lincoln Lives! An Exhibit of The Wyles Collection

January 7 - March 1, 2002


The Indefatigable Willem Blaeu (1571-1638) Seventeenth Century Mapmaker

March 4 - April 26, 2002


Sound Recordings from the Performing Arts Collections

May 1 - June 28, 2002


The History of Asian America On Stage: Highlights from the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives

July 1 - August 30, 2002


The UCSB Libraries: Celebrating 50 Years of Growth and Service

September 1 - November 15, 2002

Link to Flash presentation.

 

 

2001

Illuminated Manuscripts

January 8 - April 15, 2001

 

Santa Barbara Authors

April 16 - July, 2001


Historical Maps in Special Collections

August 1 - September 30, 2001


Lotte Lehmann: Portraits and Portrayals: Selected Photographs from the Lotte Lehmann Collection

October 8- November 19, 2001


59th Annual Western Books Exhibition, Rounce & Coffin Club of Los Angeles

November 20 - December 31, 2001


 

 

2000

Millennial Dreams and Utopian Visions: Literary Representations through the Ages

January - February 2000


Humanistic Psychology: An Introduction

March - April 2000


Vogue Picture Records, 1946-1947

May - June 2000


Back to the 60s and 70s: The Alternative Press Collection

July 3 - August 11, 2000


Western History: The William Wyles Collection

August 21- November 12, 2000


58th Annual Western Books Exhibition, Rounce & Coffin Club of Los Angeles

November 13 - December 31, 2000


 

 

1999

Ethnic California: Parallel Histories and Alternative Voices

1999

 

75 Years at the Lobero Theatre

1999

An exhibit showcasing the 75th anniversary of the opening of the new Lobero Theater in downtown Santa Barbara and the beginning of Fiesta.


Selections from The Isaac Foot Collection

September 1 - November 14, 1999


57th Annual Western Books Exhibition, Rounce & Coffin Club of Los Angeles

November 15 - December 31, 1999


 

 

1998

The Legacy of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions

Winter 1998


Selections from the Romaine Trade Catalog Collection

1998


Best Western Books Exhibition, a travelling exhibit by Rounce & Coffin Club, Los Angeles

November 5 - December 4, 1998


 

 

1997

Art Through the Mail: The Eternal Network

Winter 1997


Performing Arts Collections

Spring 1997


What’s In the Wyles Collection: Non-Book Materials

Summer 1997


Best Western Books Exhibition, a travelling exhibit by Rounce & Coffin Club, Los Angeles

November 5 - December 4, 1997


 

 

1996

African American Materials in Special Collections

Winter 1996


Cultural Aspects of Death

Spring 1996


The UCSB Campus: From Schoolhouse to University

Summer 1996


Dressing the Text: The Fine Press Artists’ Book

Fall 1996

 

 

1995

American Women Poets

May - June 1995


The American Civil War - A Personal Account

July - September 1995


Japanese Experience in California

October - December 1995