In addition to displays in the Main Library (Learning Center), described below, exhibits are also regularly mounted in the United Methodist Archives Center by the Drew University Methodist Library and the General Commission on Archives and History for The United Methodist Church.

Current Exhibits

Library Exhibit: Women and the Graphic Novels They Write

Women and Graphic NovelsMarch 1 to April 20, 2015

Exhibit Opening: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 3:00 pm
Library Lobby
Light Reception

“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

Updated 2015 Drew Libraries Exhibit Schedule

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives has updated its exhibition schedule for 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 speccol@drew.edu or (973) 408-3590.


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

Follow news regarding the exhibit on Twitter at @EvangelicalFict.

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


March 1 to April 20, 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 June 30, 2015 (a series of three exhibits)

Curated by Rev. Fred Day and Dr. Dale Patterson

Location: United Methodist Archives and History Center

“Methodist Women of Distinction”

A Women’s History month display of “firsts” among women of the Methodist Church: the first ordination, first female bishop, first female bishop of color, and first missionaries. The display will feature the newly commissioned portrait of Helenor Davisson, newly discovered “first” woman to be ordained in Methodist tradition.


“Sand Creek: Hallowed Ground, Haunting Memories and Hope for Healing”

In the season when United Methodist Churches mark Native American Awareness Sunday, this exhibit, gathered from the shadows of the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre (November 1864) — one of America’s most inexcusable atrocities — uncovers Methodist Church connections to the horrific events and the denomination’s engagement with the enduring work towards healing.


“Methodist Heritage”

May is Heritage month for Methodists around the globe, remembering founder John Wesley’s “heart strangely warmed” personal, spiritual awakening (1738) and the revival he and his Methodists began in England, forming one of the this nation and the world’s largest Christian denomination. Drew University houses one of the largest collections of Methodist books, artifacts and memorabilia.  Come visit the United Methodist Archives and History Center to see and experience what puts the “method” in Methodist.


April 27 to June 30, 2015

“New Beginnings: A History of Presidential Inaugurations at Drew University”

The exhibit spotlights the twelve presidents who have served Drew University beginning in 1867 with the Reverend Dr. John McClintock through current president Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger.

Curated by Dr. Matthew Beland and Kim Magnell

Location: Drew University Library


April 27 to June 30, 2015

“Reading the Reformation”

This exhibit displays rare books and artifacts being researched by undergraduates in “The Reformation: Theology, Society and Devotion.” These materials provide rich insights into this period of intense theological debate and social upheaval.
Curated by the students of Drew CLA course “The Reformation: Theology, Society and Devotion”

Location: Drew University Library

Thomas H. Kean Gallery

The Library features a semi-permanent exhibit honoring Thomas H. Kean, former governor of New Jersey (1982-1990) and president of Drew University (1990-2005), in the Thomas H. Kean Reading Room and Gallery.  The exhibit highlights items from the Governor Thomas H. Kean Collection, the Drew University Archives, and personal memorabilia belonging to the Governor, and includes material covering his role as chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission).

 

Online Exhibits

Library Hours and Driving Directions

The current exhibit(s) can be viewed during our regular Library hours.

For directions to the Library, call (973) 408-3949 or view the University’s driving directions page.

You can also view a map of the campus which shows the location of our building. Select “Rose Memorial Library” from the available list, then click “Find Building;” the map will reload with an arrow pointing to our specific location.

Descriptions of previous Library exhibits are now available on a separate page.