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

Vanderbilt’s Cookbook Collection Spans Five Centuries

Celebrate the last week of National Cookbook Month by making an appointment with the History of Medicine Collections to view a cookbook from the 1650’s! Highlights of the collection are handwritten recipe books from the 18th and 19th centuries, and cookbooks by prominent southern and African American writers such as Marion Flexner and Edna Lewis…. Keep reading

New Spring Buchanan Library Fellowship: Archives and Storytelling: Exploring the Life of Dizzy Gillespie through Photographs

Archives and Storytelling: Exploring the Life of Dizzy Gillespie through Photographs Vanderbilt’s Special Collections recently received the John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie collection which includes a wealth of photographs and snapshots that document the musical activities of this iconic figure in jazz history. Fellows will work to identify Gillespie’s associates in the photos and then build… Keep reading

Vanderbilt Libraries Commemorate Veterans Day

Special Collections frequently teaches primary source research for multiple history courses throughout the year.  While our primary source coverage of World War I and II is sufficient for these classes, we have had very little content on the Korean and Vietnam War eras.  Last summer, we were able to purchase several manuscript collections to help… Keep reading

Distinctive Collections Showcase Nov. 5, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

The Friends of Vanderbilt’s Libraries told us they wanted to see new acquisitions, and we listened! Please join our curators as they highlight items added to Vanderbilt’s distinctive collections this past year. This Friends of Vanderbilt’s Libraries event is Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, Noon–1:00 p.m. CST on Zoom. Register here. Once registered, the Zoom link… Keep reading