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

Exhibit: Comfortable Words

Comfortable Words:
Anglican Piety and the Book of Common Prayer

July 15-September 25, 2015

Methodist Library

This exhibition of the four hundred year old Book of Common Prayer and its progeny showcases a book that is not only used for public worship and private prayer but, by its liturgical excellence, holds a special place in the evolution of English language and literature. Its words for worship, felicitous translations and paraphrases of the old Latin mass, helped guide the development of the English language a generation before Shakespeare and Milton and the King James Bible. The prayer book has also been the crowning masterpiece of the world’s greatest typographers and printers who lavished their art on the prayer book, customizing them with magnificent decoration evident in the fine printings and bindings you will see displayed.

Featuring the FIRST THREE EDITIONS from 1549, 1552 and 1559 and the FIVE REVISIONS of 1662, 1789, 1892, 1928 and 1979 which guided the worship of the Episcopal Church in America into the 21st Century.

Curated by Kenneth E. Rowe, Ph.D.

In Memory of Generous Donors Fred and Mary Louise Maser.

Bishop Ward Gallery

United Methodist Archives & History Center

Exhibit: The University and the City

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The University and the City:

A Drew University Library exhibit showcasing an archival record of our community’s encounter with cities at home and abroad.

Academic Commons Lobby, Summer-Fall 2015

The University and the City is the theme of the upcoming inauguration of MaryAnn Baenninger as the thirteenth President of Drew University. This exhibit contains a sampling of records in the University Archives–photographs, promotional brochures, and content from the Drew Magazine–that reflects this theme.

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University Archives photographs from bottom left, clockwise: ● London Semester students gather in the heart of Westminster opposite the iconic buildings of Parliament, 1991. ● During a time of historic political change, students in the 1989 Brussels Semester on the European Community travelled to Berlin, where Senior John Harvey, C’90, hammer in hand, chips away at the Berlin Wall. ● The Newark Project, directed by Drew Theological School professor Karen McCarthy Brown, fostered relationships between Drew graduate students and community members in nearby urban Newark, where Matthias Beier, CSGS ‘02, (at left in photo) met weekly with a group sponsored by a Newark church (Peter Vidor photo, 1996). ● United Nations Semester participants assemble in the Security Council Chamber, 1999-2000.

 

 

Drew has always benefitted from its proximity to New York City and surrounding urban areas. In the late 19th century, Drew Theological Seminary students travelled to New York City and Newark to participate in Methodist Church missionary work, including two places where Drew students helped Italian and Chinese immigrants. Nearly one hundred years later, Drew’s Newark Project gave graduate students a field for their research and seminarians the opportunity to explore urban ministry. New York City is also home to the Drew United Nations Semester, in which students have experienced international politics firsthand since 1962.

Records in this exhibit also highlight the history of the Drew Community in international cities. For more than half a century, Drew students have been learning in London and Brussels. Some were fortunate to be present during the opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Our photographic record captures the spirit of that time. Seoul. London. Brussels. Cairo. Jerusalem. The list shows no sign of shrinking. For Drew students, the city is a place of encounter, a sort of proving grounds where what they have learned in the classroom is refined and put into practice. It is an encounter that is often life changing. Mary Luthi, in her article entitled “No Accidental Tourists,” sums up Drew’s experience abroad nicely: “Upon embarking on this adventure, students say they expected to learn a lot about foreign cultures. What surprised them was how much they learned about themselves.”

Exhibit Curated by Matthew Beland, University Archivist, and Kim Magnell, Archives Associate

First Edition of Shakespeare’s Plays Coming to Drew in 2016
ShakespeareDrew has been selected in a national competition to host a rare copy of the first edition of William Shakespeare’s collected plays in October 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Known simply as the First Folio, this first edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays was published in 1623. Of the original 800 copies of the First Folio printed, only 233 copies survive. Considered one of the most valuable books printed in the English language, when copies of the First Folio are sold at auction they routinely fetch in excess of $6 million.The copy of the First Folio that will be exhibited at Drew in the fall of 2016 belongs to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Please join us Wednesday, May 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the Kean Reading Room of the Drew Library as a panel of Drew faculty and staff explain the significance of this work, describe the exhibit and outline a year-long series of events at Drew that will accompany the exhibit of the First Folio and celebrate Shakespeare.
Rare Book Exhibit: The Reformation

Students in Professor :Louis Hamilton’s Comparative Religion and History Honors Seminar, “The Reformation: Theology, Society and Devotion,” have organized an exhibition of rare books from the 15th to the 18th centuries. The students have spent the semester researching the significance of these items and the ideas they promoted. Highlights include a book from the first generation of European printing, the first Book of Common Prayer, a history the Inquisition, and the Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of Witches).

Wednesday May 6-Ongoing

Library Foyer, Academic Commons (ongoing)

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.

Item descriptions and text are available in PDF.

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

“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.