West Side Row: Vanderbilt’s First Dormitory

Written by Elizabeth Mosiman When Vanderbilt University first opened in 1875, students lived in university-approved boarding houses near campus. The closest the university came to having a dormitory was Wesley Hall – a former boarding house – which served multiple purposes: housing faculty and divinity students; providing classroom space for lectures; and serving as a… Keep reading

Mechanical Engineering Hall: Teaching Engineering in the Age of Steam

A new exhibition highlighting the history of Mechanical Engineering Hall is now on display in the Special Collections Library.    When Vanderbilt University opened in October 1875, classes and laboratories were all housed in College Hall, now known as Kirkland Hall.  By the mid-1880s, the engineering department had outgrown their facilities in College Hall and… Keep reading

New Online Exhibition curated by Buchanan Library Fellows

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries have opened a new online exhibition, 19th-Century Periodicals: Framing the New American Standard. Curated by undergraduate Buchanan Library Fellows Josanda Addo ’22, Robby Espano ’22, and Hannah Tsaio ’22, during spring semester 2021, the exhibit is the third in a series featuring in-depth interpretations of Special Collections materials. As… Keep reading

Building a University: Vanderbilt’s First Decade – Fall 2020

Have you ever wondered how Vanderbilt University got its name or were curious about why the Stevenson Science and Engineering Library has so many antique instruments on display? Maybe you would like to learn about what classes were taught and what students did for fun in those early years. The fellows in this project learned… Keep reading

Vanderbilt Television News Archive

Ongoing, Central Library (4th Floor Lobby) Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive is the most extensive and complete archive of television news in the world. Vanderbilt has been recording the national news continuously since August 5th, 1968, initially capturing the daily broadcasts of ABC, CBS and NBC, and later including daily broadcasts from CNN and Fox News…. Keep reading

Journalist’s Papers

Ongoing, Central Library (4th Floor Lobby) No matter the story—from the catastrophic to the mundane—reporters must find a way to communicate the news that is engaging and fresh. Journalists are called to uncover the news with speed, accuracy and style. Since the early days of news reporting, artists have worked alongside correspondents, often risking their… Keep reading