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

Buchanan Fellow Robby Espano Shares Final Project

In January 1849, “everybody skates” wrote Godey’s Lady’s Book editor Sarah Hale. Winter sports—skating, sledding, and snow-balling–were popular and “ladies are especially renowned for their grace and agility.”  Readers also contributed notes on medicines, recipes and fashions. See Buchanan Fellow Robby Espano’s curator statement and discover what he found when he read the magazine and… Keep reading

Buchanan Fellow Josanda Addo Shares her Final Project

In 1860, American readers loved Godey’s Lady’s Book for its elaborate colored fashion plates. Listen to Buchanan Library Fellow Josanda Addo’s curator statement, and hear her thoughts on the magazine’s advice to women. Content published in Godey’s Lady Book’s reflected American’s beliefs about women’s roles in society, including women’s self-sufficiency in the domestic sphere. Contributors… Keep reading

Unprecedented Connection: Art collaboration during COVID-19

Every artwork in the Unprecedented Connections exhibition from Vanderbilt Kefi Collective is a joint work of two artists who have never met- one partner started the piece and the other finished it. Each pair of artists was assigned a shared symbol- be it a star, a cloud, or a heart- that served as the sole… Keep reading

Two Artworks

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