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Exhibitions and Events



Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms

September 28, 2017January 28, 2017

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

To the Border and Back: Visualizing and Narrating Migration

April 24September 30, 2017

Coombe Suite, 2nd Floor, Canaday Library

Open during regular library hours

Opening reception, Monday, April 24, 5:30pm

The exhibition is part of the 360˚ course cluster, Migrations and Borderlands.

Read about students' experience.


Re-Vision: Archiving Black Experiences at Bryn Mawr

Feb 23, 2017 through Fall 2017 semester

Enid Cook ‘31 Center

“Re-Vision: Archiving Black Experiences at Bryn Mawr” is an exhibit created in order to form a link between Bryn Mawr Special Collections and the Enid Cook ‘31 Center. Created by Alexis Wiltshire (Class of 2017), the exhibit aims to show the audience how Black students and those of the African diaspora at the College have been recorded in Special Collections. With a focus on student voices, this exhibit creates a dialogue between what the College chooses to show about students and what the students want to show about themselves.


Fragmentary Excess: Body, Text, Receptacle

November 3December 22, 2017

Eva Jane Romaine Coombe '52 Special Collections Suite Gallery,

2nd Floor, Canaday Library






A series of informal lunchtime chats about historical and cultural objects held in Bryn Mawr's Special Collections. Events begin at 12:00pm in the Rare Book Room, on the first floor of Canaday Library, and last about an hour, unless otherwise specified. 


Upcoming events

September 29 - Curatorial Tour of Beyond Boundaries exhibition

October 6 - Conservator's lecture by Corine McHugh

The conservator of several works on view in the Beyond Boundaries exhibition speaks about the processes involved in their treatment and her experience more generally.

Co-sponsored by the 360 Program

October 27 - Museum Studies lecture by Kelli Morgan

Dr. Kelli Morgan, The Winston and Carolyn Lowe Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in Fine Arts at PAFA, speaks about her research on Black Feminist Visuality.

Co-sponsored by the Museum Studies Program

November 3 - Guest artist lecture by Katie Hubbell

Seminar Room 205, Canaday Library

Winner of the Graduate Group's award to produce a contemporary artistic response to the 11th Biennial Symposium and its exhibition, Fragmentary Excess: Body, Text, Receptacle, speaks about her new work.

Co-sponsored by the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics & History of Art

November 10 - Exhibited artist lecture by Neila Kun

Artist of two exhibited works in Beyond Boundaries speaks about her oeuvre and influences, ahead of her workshop the following day.

Co-sponsored by the Art Club

November 17 - Curatorial workshop

Join curators of Beyond Boundaries exhibition for an informal workshop on writing exhibition didactics.

December 1 - Tour by Tessa Haas (Class of 2018)

Join last spring's Museum Studies Fieldwork intern for a tour of Beyond Boundaries and to learn about her contributions to the exhibition

January 26 - Curatorial Tour of Beyond Boundaries exhibition

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

Join the Special Collections Facebook page and keep up to date with events and the occasional unusual item from the collections. See past events.

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

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. 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.