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Exhibitions in Special Collections and University Archives

The Special Collections and University Archives exhibition program features thematic displays of our unique collections. The exhibitions cover 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 Exhibitions.

Smaller, more frequently rotating exhibitions are on display inside the Maryland Room. Topics vary and use resources found within our archival and rare collections. 

Visit us on the first floor of Hornbake Library.

All exhibits are free to the public.

Current Gallery Exhibition

Crossing the Divide: An American Dream Made in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952

On August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered unconditionally to the United States and Allied Powers, ending World War II. In the aftermath, thousands of U.S. military and civilian personnel and their families moved to Japan to oversee the rehabilitation of the defeated nation. This exhibition focuses on interactions between Japanese and Americans in communities built for U.S. personnel and in key contact zones in the surrounding city. Using materials from the Gordon W. Prange Collection, Crossing the Divide reveals the “American dream” that these communities represented and shows how Japanese people envisioned their own dreams as they rebuilt their lives and nation in war-torn Tokyo.

On display October 2018 - July 2019

View the online version of the exhibition

Crossing the Divide: And American Dream Made in Occupied Japan

Online Exhibitions

Featured exhibition

Katherine Anne Porter:
Correspondence from the Archives, 1912-1977

Portrait of Katherine Anne PorterThis exhibition and database features material from the Katherine Anne Porter holdings in Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland. This material was digitized as part of the Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence Project. The project includes digital surrogates of approximately 3,800 articles of correspondence which spans the years of 1912-1977.

Katherine Anne Porter’s correspondence documents her life and her career as fiction writer, provides context and resources for the study of her work, and shares insightful perspectives on many cultural and historical events of the twentieth century. Her friends and acquaintances included fellow writers, publishers, artists, cultural figures, and politicians.The digitized collection of Porter correspondence includes sources for literary study and accounts of political, social, and cultural history she experienced that are of interest to members of the general public as well as to scholars in a wide range of academic disciplines. Because Porter preferred typing to handwriting when composing correspondence, the vast majority of included materials are typewritten letters, often with handwritten notes added in the margins. The digitized collection also includes letters that are wholly handwritten as well as picture postcards, telegrams, greeting cards, annotated newspaper and periodical clippings, sketches, and more.