Curated exhibition of archival collections is a seminal part of the outreach operations of Archives & Special Collections. Featured here are digital exhibits developed to mirror and supplement the physical exhibitions hosted in the Dodd research Center. Through electronic access to curated exhibitions and programs, the Archives seeks to promote past shows as its outreach mission builds new platforms and audiences.
Homefront: Connecticut Businesses in World War II
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 airplane engine parts. Selections from the Connecticut business collections held by the University of Connecticut’s Archives and Special Collections paint a detailed portrait of this remarkable moment in history through the lives of the people who lived it.
The Land-Grant College at War: A Retrospective
An exhibition in the Archives & Special Collections, Exhibit Gallery highlighting the Land-Grant Connecticut Agricultural College (UConn) at war. This exhibition draws from a range of archival materials from the Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries. In addition to objects from the University of Connecticut Memorabilia Collection, photographs and other artifacts from the Connecticut Soldiers Collection and Augustus Jackson Brundage Papers (among others) were also on display. Curated by Dr. Allison Horrocks and University Archivist Betsy Pittman.
Dana T. Leavenworth Papers – A Connecticut Soldier’s Experience
An exhibition in the Archives & Special Collections, John P. McDonald Reading Room highlighting the Dana T. Leavenworth Papers – A Connecticut Soldier’s Experience. This exhibit features correspondance from friends and family during World War I which highlight the activities and sentiments about the war from the homefront. Curated by University Archivist Betsy Pittman in the spring of 2017, marking the centennial of the official involvement of the United States in the global conflict.
Constitution Day – Gun Control Act of 1968
This exhibit was curated by Gabrielle Westcott and Betsy Pittman for the Constitution Day display on September 17, 2016, in the Homer Babbidge Library Plaza. Materials on display were drawn from the Thomas J. Dodd Papers relating to his work on the Gun Control Act of 1968 during his time in office serving as a Senator from Connecticut.
An exhibition in the Archives & Special Collections, John P. McDonald Reading Room highlighting collections around HIV/AIDS on the 35th anniversary of public reports about the health condition its associated signifiers. Co-curated by Dr. Thomas Lawrence Long and Graham Stinnett, the exhibit includes collections material from the Alternative Press and Dr. Long’s private collection. The exhibition displayed during the months of August and September of 2016 at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
An archives exhibit featuring the board game Convention! created by Former University of Connecticut President Homer D. Babbidge in 1960. The game emulates the functions of the major political conventions held by the Republican and Democratic parties in the build up to the national election. This exhibit was on display from June to August 2016 in the John P. McDonald Reading Room.
Our Comics, Ourselves
UConn Archives hosted the first traveling installment of the exhibition Our Comics, Ourselves curated by Jan Descartes and Monica McKelvey Johnson. Our Comics, Ourselves features comics from the Interference Archive collection in Brooklyn, New York as well as private collections on loan. The exhibition includes comic books, graphic novels, DIY comics, and various comics paraphernalia primarily from the United States, 1945 to present. The works range from autobiographical to sheer fantasy, and explore feminism, abortion, racism, cultural identity, social activism, veterans of war, sexual abuse, immigration, public health, civil rights, gender and sexual identity, and more.
Water: Pollution / Protection and Play
This exhibit was curated around collection materials about water pollution, security and advocacy. The idea for the exhibit generated from the lead water emergency in Flint Michigan in Winter 2015. This exhibit was displayed in the archives McDonald Reading Room for the month of February 2016. Materials were selected from The Alternative Press Collection, James Bogart Papers, Fine Press Photography Books Collections, Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Eaton Farms Development Collection and University of Connecticut Institute of Water Resources Records.
1966: Collections from 50 Years Ago
A display of the 1966 exhibit at the Archives & Special Collections, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Library. This exhibit is curated around collection materials from 50 years ago, running from October 2015 – January 2016. Materials were selected from The Alternative Press, Poras Vietnam War Memorabilia Collection, Cal Robertson Collection, Diane DiPrima Collection, Hoffman Family Papers, Foster Gunnison Jr. Collection, University Photograph Collection and the Southern New England Telephone Collection.
Puppets: Easy to Make! Fun to Use!
A digital display shown at the Archives & Special Collections, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Library in conjunction with the 2015 National Puppetry Festival and the Puppeteers of America. This exhibit displays collections on Puppeteers, Puppetry and Marionettes featuring archival materials from the Bread and Puppet Theater Collection, The Phyllis Hirsch Boyson Collection, Alternative Press Collection and selected Artists’ Books. This exhibit was on display from August 1st – September 30, 2015.