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 From diaries and letters, to Drew’s historical documents, to family papers, to old books and new, we come across treasures hidden throughout the collections.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 June 30, 2015 (a series of three exhibits)

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.

Curated by Fred Day and Dale Patterson

Location: United Methodist Archives and History Center


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.

Main Library Lobby


April 27 to June 30, 2015

The Reformation: Theology, Society, and Devotion

The exhibit will spotlight original texts published and read during the 16th and 17th centuries. The exhibit will be curated by the students of Dr. Louis Hamilton’s CLA course REL 332.

Main Library