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Abolition of the British Slave Trade, 1807

This exhibit showcases rare materials commemorating the bicentennial of the end of England's trade of slaves from Africa. It highlights important publications from the Rare Books collection of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies and from the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections.



African Fashion

This exhibit features items found in the collections of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University Library.



Best of Bologna: Edgiest Artists of the 2008 International Children's Book Fair




Building History: Northwestern University

Northwestern University Buildings and campus features are highlighted by images and documents from Northwestern University Archives.



Communities Uniting to Confront HIV/AIDS in Africa

IThis virtual exhibit highlights the numerous materials used to inform some African communities about HIV/AIDS with the hope of slowing infection rates, shattering myths and misconceptions about the disease, while teaching people to live with and support HIV positive individuals.



The Murder That Wound’t Die




Northwestern Football

A web exhibit of photographs, artifacts, and documents on the history of football at Northwestern University. Originals are preserved in University Archive's collection.



Notable Northwestern University Alumni

From nineteenth-century politician William Jennings Bryan to Miss America 1998 Kate Schindle, alumni of Northwestern University have achieved prominence in many fields. The men and women featured in this exhibit represent a small sampling of Northwestern alums who have made their names noteworthy.




IOn March 23, 1963, President John F. Kennedy officially dedicated O’Hare International Airport. Fifty years later, our beloved O’Hare is still going strong and has become a city and national transportation icon. To commemorate this milestone, the Northwestern University Transportation Library developed this digital exhibit presenting copies of unique airport planning documents, research and archival resources. In addition, we have compiled traveler’s information resources and digital oddities to help celebrate this anniversary.



Past, Paper, Scissors: Scrapbooks from the Northwestern University Library Collections

In an era of Facebook and Instagram, it’s important to recall that once we collected our own histories by pasting them into scrapbooks. Past, Paper, Scissors explores history at Northwestern and beyond as depicted by the photos, clippings, ticket stubs, faded flowers, and dance cards packed onto the scrapbook pages of a bygone era—and looks forward to the ways we can preserve our increasingly digital memories to create tomorrow’s history.



Photographic Views of Picturesque Evanston

Alexander Hesler (1823-1895) was one of the most prominent regional photographers of his era. For nearly fifty years beginning in 1848 Hesler operated a succession of photographic studios and galleries in Madison, WI, and Galena, Chicago, and Evanston,IL. Hesler’s best known works include portraits of Abraham Lincoln and a panoramic view of Chicago taken in 1858 from the top of the city’s courthouse. Hesler spent most of his career in the Chicago area, and after the 1871 Chicago fire operated a studio in his home in Evanston. His Evanston work centered on portraiture, but he also produced widely admired landscape photographs. His volume of photographs of Evanston buildings and streetscapes, Photographic Views of Picturesque Evanston, was published in 1887. Hesler died in Evanston on July 5, 1895.

(Image here shows Chicago Avenue, looking south from Northwestern's campus gate.)



Radical Woman in a Classic Town: Frances Willard of Evanston

Social reformer Frances Willard (1839-1898) was known world-wide for her charismatic speaking and for her leadership of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), the largest woman's organization of its time. But Willard always maintained a bond with Evanston, her hometown from 1858 until her death. Using historic photographs, documents, and artifacts from the Northwestern University Archives, along with items on loan from the Frances Willard House Museum in Evanston, this exhibit puts Willard in the context of the Classic Town (as she called Evanston) that helped shape her reformist vision.



Uri Orlev: The Island on Bird Street

Uri Orlev is arguably the world's most esteemed author of children's books about the Holocaust—and certainly the most widely translated. His first internationally successful novel, The Island on Bird Street, is a semi-autobiographical account of his survival as a young boy during the Nazi occupation of Poland. The book has since been translated into over two dozen languages, 19 editions of which we have in our collections here at Northwestern University Library.



World Aids Day 2006 Poster Video

The poster collection of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University, documents the efforts of African governments and private organizations to promote public awareness regarding HIV & AIDS. This three-minute video shows a small sample of posters drawn from the collection.



1968 Student Protests at Northwestern

Forty years ago, while demonstrations, sit-ins, and student activism were sweeping the nation's campuses, Northwestern was home to a notable moment of its own. From May 3-4, 1968, a group of African-American students, organized by For Members Only and the Afro-American Student Union, occupied the school's business office at 619 Clark Street, to protest what they characterized as the school's lack of response to an April 22 set of demands to the administration. This was the first time the administration was faced with this type of student action and it would go on to have lasting impact, particularly in the push for an African-American studies department and increased African-American enrollment.