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

Alexander pre-senate papers open for research, with new acquisition

If you missed our New Acquisitions in Distinctive Collections March webinar you may not know that the pre-senate papers of retired U.S. Senator and Governor Lamar Alexander have been fully opened for research. A recent acquisition to the collection is this photograph of Alexander in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in 1968. At that… Keep reading

Margaret (Peggy) Layne ENG’80 donates Title IX Scrapbook

The first recorded organization of women’s athletics at Vanderbilt University was by Stella Vaughn in the 1890s. Women students participated in numerous athletic activities from then on, never receiving much appreciation or support from the university.  There were intramural teams and occasionally inter-collegiate competitions in tennis and basketball with local colleges but never the full… Keep reading

Distinctive Collections New Acquisitions Webinar March 25

If you have not already registered to attend this Friday’s noon-1:00 p.m. webinar showcasing the Libraries’ latest new acquisitions, we hope you will register today. Curators will share these highlights from collections that are newly processed and now accessible: The Title IX Scrapbook of Margaret Layne ENG’80 includes letters, news clippings and the first Title… Keep reading

Visitors Welcome – Updated Library Policies

Beginning Monday, March 14, the Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries will reopen their doors to visitors. Campus visitors who are accompanied by a community member, such as an admissions officer or faculty researcher, are also welcome. Alumni and emeriti are once again able to visit the libraries during open hours with their Commodore Cards. The… 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