143 Years of Commencement Exhibit

April 2019 Central Library Lobby The first Vanderbilt University Commencement took place in the chapel of the Main building, now known as Kirkland Hall, on June 20, 1877.  The fledgling university granted 10 degrees in the Arts & Sciences and 52 in Medicine.  The week of Commencement included Founder’s Day festivities, the annual debates of… Keep reading

Curator’s Talk 4/10: Les Fleurs du Printemps: Selections from the French Collections

Join us in the Special Collections Library from 11:10am-12:00pm  Wednesday mornings during this semester for fascinating talks led by faculty, librarians, archivists, and curators.   The talks take place weekly in the Special Collections Reading Room on the second floor of the Central & Divinity Libraries building.  This event is free and open to the public. From romance to… Keep reading

Curator’s Talk 3/27: Bringing the Vanderbilt Divinity Library Cuneiform Tablets Collection into the Light

Join us in the Special Collections Library from 11:10am-12:00pm  Wednesday mornings during this semester for fascinating talks led by faculty, librarians, archivists, and curators.   The talks take place weekly in the Special Collections Reading Room on the second floor of the Central & Divinity Libraries building.  This event is free and open to the public. Did you know… Keep reading

Opportunity NOW Students in Special Collections

Friday, July 13th, was a great day for Special Collections as we celebrated the successful completion of another year’s work with Opportunity NOW, the Nashville program that gets high school students working at local companies across Davidson County.  Our students, Rana Naeim and Kena Cheatham toiled away in the Preservation Office and in Special Collections cleaning,… Keep reading

High School Interns Find Opportunities in the Library

Rana Naeim and Kena Cheatham in the preservation lab working on the University of Nashville books. Photo: Molly Dohrmann Two high school interns are working in Special Collections this summer as part of Opportunity NOW, a job readiness program organized by the Mayor’s office.  Kathy Smith, Rachel Lavenda, Molly Dohrmann, Jim Thweatt, and Laura Matthews… Keep reading

Pop-Up Exhibition on Shakespeare’s Othello

  In honor of the Bard’s birthday bash, which will take place on the library lawn this coming Monday, April 23, 2018, this exhibition shares a sampling of materials from the Special Collections Library that feature the famous tragedy, Othello. Several depictions of this work are on display, including: a photograph of a performance of… Keep reading