Food for Health and Wealth: Five Centuries of Recipes and Cookbooks from the History of Medicine Collections

August 9-October 12, 2019, Central Library (Fourth Floor Lobby) Vanderbilt’s History of Medicine Collections is home to thousands of cookbooks, receipt books, and collections of home remedies. This exhibit, featuring rare and not-so-rare selections from our collections, explores the development of cookbooks across the centuries, with emphasis on the connections between cooking, medicine, class, household… Keep reading

Creative Women: Marshall Chapman and Mildred Haun

March-July 2019, Central Library (Fourth Floor Lobby) Half of this exhibit, The Iconoclastic Marshall Chapman, features letters, photographs, posters, song lyrics, tour memorabilia, and other artifacts highlighting Marshall Chapman’s life and career as a working musician, songwriter, author, and more. The rest of this exhibit focuses on Vanderbilt University alumna Mildred Haun. Growing up in… Keep reading

African American First Editions from the 20th Century

November 14, 2018-March 15, 2019 Throughout the 20th century, African American writers consistently gave voice to their experiences through powerful poetry and prose. From the bold voices that came out of the Harlem Renaissance, the courageous words from the Civil Rights movement, to the unapologetic stories of everyday strife, this outpouring of African American literary… Keep reading

The Daily Diary of the American Dream: The History of Nashville’s Newspapers

November 19, 2018-March 1, 2019 Newspapers have been the daily backdrop to public life throughout the history of the United States, functioning as the Fourth Estate of American democracy. By the beginning of the twentieth century, newspapers were read in nearly every home in the country, serving as a report of the day’s events, a… Keep reading

Maladies, Elixirs, and Healers

August 2017-February 2018 From 16th century alchemical treatises to 20th-century breakthroughs saving millions of lives, this exhibition explores the evolving roles of medicine and healers and how these changes affect the way we live and work today. Early modern distilling manuals, botanical prints, and handwritten cookbooks tell the story of a time when doctors and… Keep reading

Vanderbilt Silver

July 2-November 11, 2018 For centuries, silver was considered a luxury reserved only for the elite, and master silversmiths came to be revered for the remarkable craftsmanship and design in their work. But silver was more than just riches: it was also a symbolic embodiment of affluence, taste and education. The history of silver at… Keep reading

Vandy Goes to War

June 6-November 12, 2018 In the early months of 1917, an influx of students came to Vanderbilt to enter the Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.) aiming to join the war effort. With their enrollment came much-needed funding for campus infrastructure, fueling a building boom that more than doubled the size of campus by the 1940s… Keep reading

Looking Back: Vanderbilt Before 1900

March-September 2018, Special Collections Library Established in 1873, the rich beginning of Vanderbilt University can be understood through letters from its founders, on display in the Special Collections Library. Correspondence between Cornelius Vanderbilt and Bishop Holland N. McTyeire highlight some of the earliest plans for the campus, from the construction of the first buildings to… Keep reading

The American Presidency

February-June 2018 From George Washington to Barack Obama, America’s past commanders in chief have provided domestic and international leadership during world wars, political unrest and the struggle for basic human rights. Their personal lives have been shaped by great joy and heartbreak, deep-rooted conflict and public scrutiny. Along the way, biographers and journalists have documented… Keep reading