Archives & Special Collections

Viven Kellems in front of a cable grip. Part of The Many Faces of Vivien Kellems, 1896-1975 exhibit.The Many Faces of Vivien Kellems, 1896-1975

Richard Schimmelpfeng Gallery
Dodd Center for Human Rights
Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm
November 1 - January 13, 2023

Archives & Special Collections newest exhibition, “The Many Faces of Vivien Kellems,” features the life and achievements of the inventor, activist, businesswoman, political candidate, and philanthropist, Vivien Kellems. The exhibition marks the completion of a multi-year project to digitize the Kellems Papers; generously funded by Suzy Kellems Dominik over the past several years. You can read more about Kellems in our blog.

Past Exhibits

Homer Babbidge Library

The Shadow  Jimi Hendrix, Woolsey Hall, New Haven 1968 Photo by Joe Sia
The Shadow Jimi Hendrix, Woolsey Hall, New Haven 1968 Photo by Joe Sia

Good Music: An Illustrated Record
of Rock 'n' Roll

Gallery on the Plaza
Homer Babbidge Library
January 17 - June 30, 2023

Opening Reception – tbd

Photos, LPs, books, posters, memorabilia, and even neckties are a part of the treasure trove of materials Ken Best has brought to the UConn Library to illustrate the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The collection tells the story of not only Rock ‘n’ Roll, but also Best’s 48-year career as a reporter, editor, media relations specialist, and organizational communications executive that included covering the arts and writing about rock ‘n’ roll. The exhibition includes historic, rare, and unique materials that represent the music industry and the history of rock music.

Best continues to host the Good Music Program on WHUS (91.5), the radio station at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, which he has done since 2008 and served as editor of UConn Magazine for 10 years, covered the School of Fine Arts at UConn for UConn Today for eight years and was a co-founder of the UConn 360 Podcast before retiring in June 2021.


Image of a the 'Collective Action' panel as part of the Disorder in the Night exhibitionDisorder in the Night: Narratives of Black Resistance, 1723-2023

Homer Babbidge Library Plaza
Avery Point Campus Library
Waterbury Campus Library
Stamford Campus Library 

Feburary 1 - 28, 2023

Disorder in the Night explores the Black resistance in its various forms, from the period of enslavement to the present. Organized by three broad themes: everyday subversions – small acts of resistance taken in everyday life or daily activities; cultural revolution – the use of creative expression through media or the arts to create social, political, or cultural change; and collective action – the power of people and the use of cooperative organizing or mass mobilization throughout history. 

The exhibit is part of the UConn Library's celebration of Black History Month, which includes a film screening of Rosewood (1997), the cinematic retelling of a true-to-life racial pogrom that decimated a predominately African American town in Florida, a discussion with Lizzie Robinson Jenkins, founder and president of the Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc. and online resources to help you discover more.   

Online Exhibits

Image description: logo for exhibit titled 25 for 25, Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Collecting

25 for 25: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Collecting

Online Exhibition, UConn Archives & Special Collections

Archives & Special Collections presents 25 for 25: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Collecting, a virtual, year-long exhibition celebrating collections and collecting. 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Dodd Center for Human Rights, which brought together the collections and practices of the University’s Historical Manuscripts & Archives and Special Collections departments for the first time. Over the course of a year, Archives & Special Collections staff will explore 25 objects selected from the collections, engaging with and reflecting on the meaning of these objects and the activity of collecting over time. Through these objects, Archives & Special Collections celebrates the act of historical preservation and the recognition that collections constantly evolve, grow, and expand so that future educators, students, researchers, and learners may be inspired and informed by the objects within.

AMS Virtual Exhibit ImageThe American Approach to Montessori Teaching and Learning

Online Exhibition, UConn Archives & Special Collections

The Montessori method of education was first introduced to the United States in the early 1900s yet quickly fell out of favor with American educators. Widespread American interest in Montessori did not return until the 1950s, thanks in large part to teacher Nancy McCormick Rambusch. Rambusch founded the American Montessori Society in 1960, which sought to promote the Montessori method in the United States. AMS succeeded in reviving the Montessori method in the United States and gaining recognition for it as a valid educational system. This exhibit explores the origins of the Montessori movement in the United States and the Americanization of the Montessori method. It is comprised of materials from the American Montessori Society Records, which were donated to the UConn Archives in 2006 and digitized beginning in 2016.

Connecticut Businesses in WWIIHomefront: Connecticut Businesses in World War II

Online Exhibition, UConn Archives & Special Collections

The outbreak of World War II dramatically changed Connecticut businesses. Long a vibrant part of New England industry, local firms switched from making clocks and wool coats to mass producing artillery cartridges and Army pea-coats. Selections from the Connecticut business collections held by the University of Connecticut’s Archives & Special Collections paint a detailed portrait of this remarkable moment in history through the lives of the people who lived it.