Today: Special Collections in Hornbake 10:00AM - 05:00PM

Exhibitions in Special Collections and University Archvies

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

Four portraits for Nancy Drew from book jacket cover art

Featured exhibition

Girls' Series Books Rediscovered: Nancy Drew and Friends

Girls’ series books portray a world where capable girls solve mysteries and embark on adventures with pluck, brains, and style. The lasting power of these strong role models for girls is one reason these books are still worthy of consideration today. Captivating stories, memorable characters, clever designs, and striking illustrations all contributed to their success.

To celebrate the 75th year of publishing of Nancy Drew books, The University of Maryland Libraries featured an exhibit on Girls’ Series books in 2005. Reproduced here, this exhibit highlights the girls’ series books in the Rose and Joseph Pagnani Collection in the University of Maryland Libraries. This collection contains over 300 books from 33 different series published from 1917 to 1980. Although Nancy Drew is the star of the exhibit, other girls’ series heroines such as Vicki Barr, Sue Barton, Judy Bolton, and the Dana Girls are also included.