The History of Kirkland Hall Topic of New Exhibition

A new exhibition highlighting the history of Kirkland Hall is now on display in the Special Collections Library. Kirkland Hall is the iconic symbol of Vanderbilt University – it’s tall and identifiable presence graces the covers of university publications, football tickets, and many picture frames throughout campus. It stood as the central building on a… Keep reading

Kirkland Hall: A History

September 2018-ongoing, Special Collections Library Kirkland Hall is the iconic symbol of Vanderbilt University. First known as “Main Building,” it stood as the central building on a 74-acre campus when dedicated in October, 1875, and initially housed all the university’s classrooms and laboratories in addition to a chapel, a museum and the library. After a… Keep reading

Black Studies As (A) Movement: AADS @50

September 2, 2019-November 15, 2019, Special Collections Library An exhibit marking fifty years of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University will be on display in Vanderbilt University’s Special Collections through November 15, 2019. The exhibit highlights materials held in Vanderbilt University Special Collections, University Archives, as well as items loaned from the Department… 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 – Exhibit Open in Central Library

An exhibition in honor of the centenary of Vanderbilt’s foray into the First World War between 1917-1918 is now open in the Central Library lobby through Homecoming Weekend, October 16th, 2018. The exhibition begins with campus in 1917, when Chancellor James Kirkland issued the first decree to require military training on campus for all male… Keep reading

Vandy Goes to War – June – November 2018

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

The Power of Propaganda – Spring 2018

This exhibition will be curated by a cohort of Buchanan Library Fellows and their librarian mentors. In this seminar, students learned about the principles, strategies, techniques, and effects of information dissemination. The course dealt with intellectual property and propaganda in the context of scholarship, religion, war, politics, culture, and advertising, and explores implications for the future of… Keep reading

Four vanderbilt sutadents on the cover of a pamphlet