The Special Collections and University Archives exhibition program features thematic displays of our unique collections. 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.
A new exhibit about labor history in America is coming soon! Check back for details.
Greetings from Vacationland:
Early Postcards and the Rise of Leisure in the United States, 1890-1920
Vacation travel and sending postcards. For many, these two activities are inseparable.Travelers love to pick-up souvenirs of a memorable experience perhaps as keepsakes or to share with others. A picture postcard usually captures an evocative image and offers the convenience of an inexpensive way to send a brief message in an easily mailed format. The impulse to capture and share the essence of a place continues today. Modern portable technologies allow almost anyone to snap a photo and send the picture with a short message. This same desire propelled picture postcards into the center of American culture after they first appeared in the 1890s. If a picture tells a thousand words, then the millions of postcards sent over the past century suggest that postcards are a significant source for understanding how Americans spent their leisure time.