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Exhibitions and Events

Mementos and Monuments: AfterEffects of the Fairs

February 10 - May 30, 2016

Hours: 11 am – 4:30 pm daily

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

When we think of historic world’s fairs and expositions we imagine impressive buildings, vast galleries of art, newly invented mechanical and industrial marvels, agricultural displays with live animals and huge farm equipment, packed audiences for great musical performances, and crowds of thousands bustling and pressing to see amazing sideshows and strange people from foreign lands and to get their turn on the Ferris wheel. But what is left after the visitors go home and the monumental, but temporary buildings are demolished? Using the College’s eclectic collections of books and ephemera, we explore social change, the creation of new cultural institutions, small differences in daily life, and memory after the fair is over.


Wednesday, February 10, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Carpenter Library 21. Lecture: “Women with the World at their Feet: Visualizing Gender at World’s Fairs and International Expositions.” TJ Boisseau. Boisseau is an Associate Professor and Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Program in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in gender studies, the history of feminism, feminist theory, U.S. women’s history, and American popular culture. She was the co-editor of Gendering the Fair: Histories of Women and Gender at World's Fairs (2009). She is currently engaged with several research projects including a nascent book project that will reflect upon Amelia Earhart’s public career and representation as a feminist media icon.

Monday, April 18, 5 pm Carpenter Library 21

“Exhibiting Distant Times and Places: The Crystal Palace, London and the Making of History”, Stephanie Moser, Professor and Head of Archaeology, University of Southampton



The Enduring Pageant: An Exhibition in Honor of James Tanis

March 15 – May 30, 2016

Second Floor Gallery, Eva Jane Romaine Coombe '52 Special Collections Suite, Canaday Library


Sunday, March 20, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Rare Book Room, Canaday Library. Memorial event for James Tanis, Director of the Bryn Mawr College Libraries, 1969-1996


Beyond All Repair: Language and Vision

Exhibition of artist book, original monoprints, and process photos

March 23 – April 15, 2016

Second Floor Gallery, Eva Jane Romaine Coombe '52 Special Collections Suite, Canaday Library


Monday, March 28, 4:00 – 6:00 pm:  Opening of exhibition “Beyond All Repair: Language and Vision,” and book launch for FUBAR, an artist’s book by J.C. Todd, Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program,  and book artist MaryAnn L. Miller. Artist book signing, reading, and Q&A begin at 5:00 pm.


Sponsored by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library
and the Creative Writing Program


Friday Finds

A series of informal chats about historical and cultural objects in Bryn Mawr's Special Collections. All of the events begin at 3:00 in the Special Collections Seminar Room, on the second floor of Canaday Library, and last about an hour.

April 22 (Friday) Celebrate Shakespeare!
Just one day before the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, join us and see the First, Second, and Fourth Folios and outstanding examples of later illustrated editions of Shakespeare's works. Your tour guide is Curator of Rare Books, Marianne Hansen.

For additional information, contact the Special Collections Department:, 610-526-6576.


Exhibitions and public programming are sponsored by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library.

Past Exhibitions

Ancient Life on Greek Pottery

March 30 – June 1, 2015

Carolee Schneemann at Bryn Mawr: Video Sculptures, Photographs, Manuscripts, and a Performative Lecture

September 30 – December 12, 2014

A Century of Self-Expression: Modern American Art in the Collection of John and Joanne Payson

February 28 – June 1, 2014

A Curious Group: A Cabinet of Curiosities

In Celebration of Ten Years of the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art at Bryn Mawr College

April 4June 1, 2014

Disasters and Rebuilding in Japan: Perspectives and Testimonies from the Tri-Co Collection


Beneath the Printed Pattern: Display and Disguise in Ukiyo-e Bijinga

September 25December 20, 2013

Colors of Greece: The Art and Archaeology of Georg von Peschke

March 19–May 27, 2012

Double Take: Selected Views from the Photography Collection at Bryn Mawr College, 1860s-present

September 2011-February 2012, Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

Beyond the Text: Illustrations in Eighteenth-Century French Novels
April - December 2011, Eva Jan Romaine Coombe '52 Special Collections Suite Gallery

mAwRTyrS: Bryn Mawr Women in the Arts
September 2010-April 2011, Eva Jan Romaine Coombe '52 Special Collections Suite Gallery

Colonial Perspectives: Works from the Louise Bulkeley Dillingham Collection

October 2009-February 2010

Darwin’s Ancestors: Tracing the Origins of the “Origin of Species”
October 2009 - February 2010

"The Best Thing in a Girl's Life": Early Women's Colleges in Fiction and Fact
January - May 2009

Intimate Devotion: The Book of Hours in Medieval Religious Practice
January - May 2008

Breaking Ground, Breaking Tradition: Bryn Mawr and the First Generation of Women Archaeologists

September - December 2007

Pointing Fingers: Women Sin, Crime and Guilt

September - December 2006

Luxuriant Nature Smiling Round
January - May 2006

Building Muscles While Building Minds: Athletics and the Early Years of Women's Education
September - December 2005

Mapping New Worlds: The Cartography of European Exploration and Colonization, 1450–1750
January - May 2005

The Invention of Antiquity
September - December 2004

Bryn Mawr Plays: Dramatic Productions at Bryn Mawr College 1889-1920

Jeannette Jehanne Jeanne Joan: Shepherdess Soldier Savior Saint
January - June 2003

Dedicated to the Cause: Bryn Mawr Women and the Right to Vote
September 26 - December 20, 2002

The Very Best Woman's College There Is: M. Carey Thomas and the Making of the Bryn Mawr Campus September 21 - December 20, 2001

The Sargent Portrait: M. Carey Thomas and John Singer Sargent
September 21 - December 20, 2001

Books, Printers, and the Information Revolution in Early Modern Europe: 1450-1600
February 22 - June 1, 2001

It's the Ticket: Nineteenth-Century Bookbinding in the British Isles and the United States
September 23 December, 1998

Leading Bryn Mawr: An Exhibition in Honor of Nancy J. Vickers

The Dr. A. V. Heyl Mineral Collection
Park Science Building and Collier Science Library

Allen Heyl grew up in Allentown, majored in geology at Penn State, then went on to Princeton for graduate work and a Ph.D. He had a long and illustrious career with the US Geological Survey, which required that specialists in mineralogy be able to work in all related branches of geology, including geochemistry and geophysics. Among his numerous publications (over 200) is a valuable work on the chrome mines of southeastern Pennsylvania. This year Dr. Heyl has generously presented the Geology Department with his Pennsylvania Collection of minerals. Many of the sites where the minerals were collected are no longer available or open to the public. Anyone interested in viewing more of the collection may contact Associate Curator, Juliet Reed by e-mail.