The Department of Special Collections and University Archives has announced its exhibition schedule for 2014-2015. The exhibits will be on display at two campus locations including the Drew University Library and the lobby of the United Methodist Archives and History Center.

The exhibits are free and open to the public. For additional information contact the Drew Library at or (973) 408-3590.

September 8 to October 31, 2014

“Special Collections and Archives Recommends…An Exhibition of Favorites”

As members of the Special Collections and Archives Department, we work with a wide variety of materials every day. From diaries and letters, to Drew’s historical documents, to family papers, to old books and new, we come across treasures hidden throughout the collections. We have chosen a few of our favorites to show the wide range of materials found in Special Collections and Archives and to encourage viewers to come research with us.

Curated by the Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Location: United Methodist Archives and History Center

September 8 to October 31, 2014

“In Memory of George M. Eberhardt, September 29, 1904 – April 28, 2014″

An exhibit documenting the life and work of one of Drew’s favorites, George Eberhardt, Director of Audio Facilities at Drew from 1967 to 2005. Exhibit materials include recording equipment and documents used by George in his daily work, news articles about his longevity, interests, and humor, and other artifacts created to celebrate his milestones at Drew.  All materials are drawn from the Drew University Archives, which houses the Eberhardt audio collection.

Curated by Matthew Beland

Location: Drew University Library

November 10, 2014 to February 20, 2015

“Fictions Evangelicals Read: Perspectives on the Evangelical Literary Archive”

To appreciate the history of evangelicalism in the United States, one must engage with its literary pasts. For a better understanding of U.S. literary history, one must engage with the literary-historical pasts of evangelicals who wrote many best-selling novels in the nineteenth century.

This exhibit introduces popular novels, religious periodicals, and denominational publications whose literary productions shaped both nineteenth century evangelicals and their literary and spiritual heirs.

Drawing on Drew’s rich holdings in nineteenth-century evangelicalism, the exhibit spotlights novels by Rev. E.P. Roe, a Presbyterian pastor who left the pulpit to sell his bestselling novels, and highlights religious periodicals such as The Advance, which published fictions by such authors as Elizabeth Prentiss and Charles Sheldon. The exhibit also examines the ways various subgroups within evangelicalism crafted their own literary identities, for example, in the publications of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and highlights the complex relationship between evangelical children and evangelical fiction in such texts as the Children’s Tract Series of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Curated by James Van Wyck and Dr. Christopher J. Anderson

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Location: Drew University Library and United Methodist Archives and History Center

March 1 to April 10, 2015

“Women and the Graphic Novels They Write: Alternative Narratives”

Despite the fact that the graphic novel has been formalized into scholarly discourse, university library collections, and other educational settings, the study of women writers and artists and the graphic novels they create still lags behind. This exhibit will showcase a distinctive collection of memoirs, ‘self’ conscious representations, the confessional and the fanciful.

The graphic narratives include Nell Brinkley’s The Brinkley Girls along with her depictions of the challenges for ‘the new woman of the 20th century’ and the satirical critiques of Jackie Ormes, the first African American woman comic strip writer. The exhibit also includes Joyce Farmer’s Special Exits: A Graphic Memoir, a poignant, gallows humor chronicle about caring for elderly parents and Mary M. Talbot’s Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, an intertwined coming of age narrative about James Joyce’s daughter and author Mary Talbot, daughter of the Joycean scholar James S. Atherton.

Curated by Dr. Sloane Drayson-Knigge

Location: Drew University Library

March 1 to April 10, 2015

“United Methodist History- A Survey”

The display is an overview of United Methodist history since its arrival in colonial America. It highlights both the contributions made by the denomination to the religious life and challenges presented by its interaction with society.

Curated by Dr. Dale Patterson

Location: United Methodist Archives and History Center

April 20 to June 30, 2015

“ʽFor the Development of Every Part of the Body’: A History of Athletics at Drew University”

Since 1867, participation in athletics has been an integral part of campus life for Drew University faculty, staff, and students. This exhibit explores the history of sport and athletics at Drew and examines various teams, coaching personalities, and fans from court to field. The exhibit highlights the origins of athletic competition at Drew Theological Seminary and spotlights early “physical culture” instructors hired to produce healthy, active Methodist ministers-in-training.

Additionally, the exhibit covers the origins of club and intramural sports, the men’s basketball team and issues of race during the 1950’s, and the influence of Title IX on Drew women’s athletics. The exhibit is sponsored by the Drew University Library and Drew University Athletics.

Curated by Dr. Christopher J. Anderson

Location: Drew University Library and Methodist Archives and History Center