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

Openings of Shakespeare Exhibits in the Libraries, Oct. 5 & 6

The Libraries are pleased to announce opening receptions for two Shakespeare-related exhibits in the Libraries:


The Will and the WordWill and the Word

Exhibit Opening: October 5, 3:00 pm
Kean Reading Room

Exhibit curated by students from  Shakespeare’s England: Religion, Society and Printing, in the Kean Reading Room, Main Library,  October 5-October 31, 2016


Books in the Time of ShakespeareBooks in the Time of Shakespeare

October 6, 4:00 pm
Methodist Lobby

Short talk by the curator

Exhibit curated by Cassie Brand, at the United Methodist Archives & History Center, October 6-December 31, 2016

Light refreshments will be served at both events.

More information about the exhibits

Library & Archives Exhibits, Fall 2016

Books in the Time of ShakespeareBooks in the Time of Shakespeare

Curated by: Cassie Brand
United Methodist Archives & History Center
October 6-December 31, 2016

Shakespeare’s famous first folio has been studied extensively, as scholars have attempted to learn what Shakespeare truly wrote. Part of this study has included how books were made, to better understand how the text came to be. This exhibit will focus on how books were created in the early modern era, with a look at papermaking, typography, typesetting, and binding.


Will and the WordThe Will and the Word

Curated by: Students from Shakespeare’s England: Religion, Society and Printing
Kean Reading Room, Main Library
October 5-October 31, 2016

Will and the Word examines the changing religious and social values in the time of Shakespeare. Based on Drew Library’s collection of rare books from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, the student curators showcase the production and significance of these materials in Shakespeare’s England and their role in the religious debates transforming Europe. Included is a digital mapping of the collection from London and the impact of reform on the city through the reign of James I. 


Richard III on Page and Stage: Illustrating Actors in the Role, Richard III1745-1900

Curated by: Kim Rhodes and Cassie Brand, with the assistance of Caitlin Shannon
Shakespeare Theater Lobby
October 6-November 6, 2016

This highly illustrated exhibit will look at the ways in which Richard III has been treated by artists and theatre companies through the centuries. With a focus on actors in the role of Richard III, the exhibit connects the play’s text with its visual representation on both page and stage. As a compliment to the theatre’s production, visitors will view scenes from the printed books and learn about the theatrical history of the play.


Exhibit: Francis Asbury and the Shape of American Methodism
Asbury in AmericaFrancis Asbury and the Shape of American Methodism
March 7-April 30, 2016
United Methodist Archives and History Center
Curated by Dr. L. Dale Patterson, Archivist

Information: 973-408-3195, or

Francis Asbury, sent over to the American Colonies by John Wesley as a Methodist Preacher, became the leading bishop of American Methodism as it transformed from renewal movement to church.  Through example and sheer dogged determination he established the shape of American Methodism for its first one hundred years.  Asbury’s impact was in three key areas: itinerancy, the conference and the episcopacy.   This display emphasizes these aspects of Asbury’s leadership as well as the background of his life which may have influenced his character.  Asbury’s impact and the shape of American Methodism mirrors, in many respects, the development of the early years of the new United States.


Historic King James Bible

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, staff of the Special Collections and University Archives at Drew University discovered a previously unrecorded copy of The Holy Bible: Conteyning the Old Testament and the New, from 1611, more commonly known as the King James Bible. Through consultation with other members of the library and with bibliographical works about the Bible, staff was able to determine that the Bible in their hands was in fact a first edition, first issue King James Bible. The first issue is known as the “He Bible,” due to a typo in the book of Ruth. The King James Bible represents a pivotal point in the history of religious expression, the history of printing, and the development of the English language.

Evidence gathered from Library records in University Archives suggest that the University (then Drew Theological Seminary) acquired the book in the 1880s. It was displayed among other Bible treasures in 1935. Kept securely in the Rose Memorial Library vault, it was closely examined by Julia E. Baker in 1977, Drew’s first (and only) rare book librarian, who confirmed that although many pages are lacking, all remaining elements evidenced a first edition first printing.

Though the title page is missing from Drew’s copy, the staff was able to authenticate the book due to the extensive descriptive bibliography available on other copies. The first edition, first issue of the text has errors that were then corrected in the second issue (or books printed later within the same edition) that allowed staff to identify the Bible. Staff matched over 35 errors, called points, to authenticate the book. Further investigation into provenance and physical bibliography continues.

The Bible is currently on display as part of the exhibit “Donations and Discoveries: Uncovered Treasures at Drew University Library.”

For more of the story, see the New York Times article on ArtsBeat. Contact with questions.


Exhibit: Dr. William C. Campbell, Nobel Laureate

November 15 2015 -February 22, 2016
Lobby, Main Library (Academic Commons)Dr. William C. Campbell

To celebrate Dr. William C. Campbell’s upcoming trip to Sweden and Norway to accept the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine, Drew University Library has curated an exhibit that displays unique items and information highlighting his interesting work and life.

For over thirty years Dr. Campbell worked with pharmaceutical company Merck, Sharp & Dohme where, upon his discovery of avermectin, the drug ivermectin (trade name: Mectizan(R)) was synthesized, tested, and is now used in the fight against river blindness (Onchocerciasis) and lymphatic filariasis.  Shortly after his retirement from Merck in 1990, he joined the Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE) at Drew where, as an adjunct professor and researcher, he mentored students. Currently an Associate RISE Fellow, Dr. Campbell offers periodic honors science lectures and works with doctoral students.

Generous guidance and items for this exhibit were received from Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp, RISE at Drew University, and others.   The exhibit in the Main Library is a preview of a planned larger exhibit to open in the late winter/early spring.

Fall 2015 Schedule of Exhibits

Drew University Library

Exhibit Schedule

Fall 2015

 July 15 to October 23, 2015

Comfortable Words: Anglican Piety and the Book of Common Prayer

Curated by Ken Rowe

United Methodist Archives and History Center

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.

July 15 to October 23, 2015

The University and the City: An Archival Record of Our Community’s Encounter with Cities at Home and Abroad

Curated by Matthew Beland and Kim Magnell

Main Library

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.

September 7 to December 31, 2015

New Beginnings: A History of Presidential Inaugurations at Drew University

Curated by Matthew Beland

Main Library

This exhibit coincides with the inauguration of President MaryAnn Baenninger, October 2, 2015. It provides context for this event through description of the Drew’s past presidents and the inauguration ceremonies, photography, and copies of inaugural programs and addresses.


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 Friday, May 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the Methodist Archives Classroom 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. Please contact Cassie Brand for more information.
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 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.