The Special Collections and University Archives exhibition program features thematic displays of our unique. The exhibits focus on a wide range of subjects and are composed of books, manuscripts, ephemera, three-dimensional objects, and multi-media items. Special Collections and University Archives also sponsors a number of outreach programs in support of our major Maryland Room Gallery Exhibits.
Find exhibits in our main gallery, throughout the reading room and online. Visit us on the first floor of Hornbake Library.
All exhibits are free to the public.
Frederick Douglass and Wye House
Archaeology and African American Culture in Maryland
On display through July 2017
Thousands of African and African American families were enslaved in Maryland for almost 250 years. Little evidence of their daily lives was preserved which leaves many questions about how they created a vital and distinct culture.
The University of Maryland seeks to answer questions about the origins of the nation including the contributions of African Americans. In the Department of Anthropology, archaeologists investigate Maryland’s landscapes to collect historical evidence and reveal new knowledge about the African American experience. At Wye House plantation, researchers utilized the words and work of Frederick Douglass to help answer the questions of today’s descendants of enslaved people.
By understanding past relationships to the natural environment and religions, University of Maryland archaeologists are discovering how African and European traditions creatively merged over four centuries to form a unique Maryland culture.
Please contact Dr. Mark Leone with tour requests, (301) 405-8767. For more information about UMD Libraries' resources related to Frederick Douglass, visit Frederick Douglass and Slavery in Maryland: A Resource Guide.
Alice: 150 Years and Counting...
Featuring over 150 books, records, advertisements, and other items on loan from local collectors August and Clare Imholtz. The exhibit includes examples of early Alice publications as well as a variety of illustrations from all over the world - a testament to the far-reaching influence of Carroll's legacy.
Full online exhibits
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