Vanderbilt’s Colombiana

The J. León Helguera and Manuel Zapata Olivella collections, in addition to Vanderbilt’s Colombian travel accounts, are all invaluable resources that narrate Colombia’s rich and complex cultural, social, and political histories in the 19th and 20th centuries. The first exhibit of Vanderbilt’s Colombiana illustrates Colombia’s profound regional differences in geography and culture, as evidenced through… Keep reading

Archived materials from the Helguera Collection

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

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

Buchanan Fellows Curate New Exhibition Slated to Open in the Fall

The University Libraries will open a new exhibition, “Tending to Popular Thought: What People Read and Why,” this fall in the second-floor gallery of Central Library. The physical exhibition, curated by four undergraduate Buchanan Library Fellows during spring semester 2020, delayed by the COVID pandemic will be installed to mark the start of a new… Keep reading

Tending to Popular Thought: What People Read and Why – Spring 2020

This exhibition will be curated by a cohort of Buchanan Library Fellows and their librarian mentors. Students learned about book history and curated an exhibit about reading using Special Collections books. Their exhibit explores sixteenth- to nineteenth-century popular literature from occult philosophy to herbology, and personal essays. Each Fellow explored how past conceptions of the world were… Keep reading

Found in Cuba:The Ingenuity and Creativity of Ediciones Vigía

January 20, 2020-February 27, 2020 Vigía began in 1985 in the town of Matanzas as a meeting space for authors and artists. Soon they began to create handmade books, making national literature known and more accessible to Cubans. Despite the economic hardships of the 1990s, known as Cuba’s “special period,” they continued as an independent… Keep reading

Fables and Fantasies: The Illustrations of J.J. Grandville

February 3 – May 24, 2020 The exhibition in the Central Library highlights the books of the influential French illustrator, J.J. Grandville (1803-1847). From satirical political cartoons to personified flowers, the illustrations of Grandville have been very influential. Grandville moved from his birth city of Nancy to Paris to pursue his career as an illustrator,… Keep reading

G is for Gorey: The Remarkable Worlds of Edward Gorey

February 2, 2020 – May 4, 2020 American illustrator and writer Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000) rose to prominence in the late 1950s for his macabre slant on humorous fiction featuring Victorian and Edwardian settings.  “If something doesn’t creep into a drawing that you’re not prepared for, you might as well not have drawn it,”… Keep reading