Out of the Vault Curatorial Talk October 22, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Join our curators Friday, October 22, Noon–1:00 p.m. CST, as they walk us through the exhibition Out of the Vault, open to the campus community in Central Library’s 4th floor foyer through November 19, and through this online exhibit for our many community Friends. Cases filled with treasures from our distinctive collections take you on an intriguing tour of a few of the many special collections housed at Vanderbilt University.

Please RSVP here to register for the talk. Once registered we will send you the Zoom link for the meeting. Look forward to hearing these curatorial presentations:

  • Paula Covington, librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies and senior lecturer in Latin American Studies, will discuss the history of tango and the items used in the display case from the Latin American collections housed in Special Collections
  • Christopher Ryland, curator of the History of Medicine Collections and Archives, will tell the story of the beginnings of the virology department in the School of Medicine and how Dr. Ernest Goodpasture became a leader in the field. Chris will also discuss how the History of Nutrition Collection came to feature a wide-ranging collection of cookbooks from the 1700s to the present.
  • Teresa Gray, curator of Special Collection Southern Collections, will regale us with stories about illustrator Edward Gorey and his unique style and inventive yet macabre tales about unwanted visitors and odd little children. Teresa will also bring us spooky tales of the unseen world highlighting mediums from long ago as well as stories that will prepare us for Halloween and All Souls Day.
  • Kathy Smith, university archivist will talk about Special Collections’ growing civil rights collections featuring the Reverends James M. Lawson, Jr. and Kelly Miller Smith as well as Salynn McCollum, a Peabody College student who participated in the Freedom Summer and was eventually expelled from college because of her activism.
  • Yvonne Boyer, librarian for Art, French, & Italian and librarian for WT Bandy Center for Baudelaire & Modern French Studies will present on the symbolism of flowers in the art of J.J. Grandville, a 19th century French illustrator.

For the campus community, the exhibition runs through November 19, 2021 on the 4th floor of the Central Library. Our Friends are invited to enjoy the online exhibit. For more information, please contact University Archivist Kathy Smith.

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