Pop Up Exhibit: Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler: Grand Dame of Science Fiction Central Library Lobby May-July 2022 Octavia Butler (1947-2006) was an American science fiction author.  In her early publishing career, she was one of the few Black women authors in a field dominated by white men.   Extremely shy as a child, she found a creative outlet exploring science fiction… Keep reading

Climate Fiction Exhibit Reception Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m.

Join Buchanan Library Fellows Amelia Day, Hope Graham, Farrah Hasan, Rae Larrinaga, Chandler Quaile and Julia Tilton this Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m. in Central Library 2nd Floor Gallery for the opening of their exhibit Home Sapiens: Finding Belonging in Climate Fiction. Humans are “home-sapiens.” Humanity’s need for belonging is fulfilled by a sense… Keep reading

From Golden Type to Double Gilt: Fine Press Books at Vanderbilt Libraries

Vanderbilt Libraries is pleased to announce the opening of From Golden Type to Double Gilt: Fine Press Books at Vanderbilt Libraries, on view February 14 through May 30, 2022 on the 2nd floor of Central Library, in Special Collections and University Archives. Modern fine press book design began with artist and activist William Morris’ work… Keep reading

Building a University: Vanderbilt’s Second Decade, 1885-1895

As a part of the Fall 2021 Buchanan Library Fellowship Building a University: Vanderbilt’s Second Decade, 1885-1895 undergraduate fellows examined historically significant university documents in the Special Collections Library and placed them in context with the university’s and the nation’s history, while learning how to interpret primary sources for an exhibit in the Central Library…. Keep reading

New Exhibit Examines Historic Challenges of the Executive Branch

As a part of the Fall 2021 Buchanan Library Fellowship The American Presidency: Challenges of the Executive Branch undergraduate fellows explored the opportunities and challenges of the American Executive Branch. Fellows selected books, manuscripts, government publications, and news broadcasts from the Vanderbilt libraries collections to uncover historic decisions and dilemmas of the federal government’s executive… Keep reading

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… Keep reading

Vanderbilt’s Historic Buildings: The Faye and Joe Wyatt Center

Have you ever wondered about the history of the beautiful domed building at the end of the Peabody esplanade? If so, you might check out the new exhibit in Special Collections’ series on Vanderbilt’s historic buildings. The exhibit is on display in Special Collections and University Archives and is available as an online exhibit. Facing… Keep reading

sepia photograph of old domed building

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