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Exhibitions on display in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections can be viewed during its regular hours . Displays in the Great Hall can be viewed whenever Rush Rhees Library is open. Directions to Rush Rhees Library can be found here.

     
     Exhibition: Over Here, Over There
     Student-Soldiers at the University, 1850-1980


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2017 marks the centennial of the entrance of the United States into the first World War. Almost 900 University students, alumni, alumnae, faculty, and staff participated, marching in the footsteps of those who served in the Civil War and Spanish-American War.

Later generations would follow, in times of war and as a chosen career– in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Some earned their degrees before their military service; others returned to join the faculty and staff, or to pick up their studies after discharge.

A third group combined education and military training: 2017 is also the 75th anniversary of the V-12 program to establish an accelerated training program for naval officers, followed soon after the war by the NROTC program which continues to this day and has just graduated its 70th class.

The exhibition is on view through November 30, 2017 in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Rush Rhees Library during department hours.

     
     Exhibition: I Studied Abroad at Rochester
     International Students at the University of Rochester, 1850-1967


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In 1955, our fifth president, Cornelis de Kiewiet, said, "A passion for humanity--and a knowledge that humanity in us is indivisibly a part of all humanity--must rule our national and foreign policy."  As an international student himself twice over--in South Africa and Great Britain--de Kiewiet would surely have included "academic policy" in that statement.

From our earliest days, the University has welcomed international students as a vibrant, necessary part of fulfilling our mission. This exhibition uses documents, photographs, and ephemera to explore the personal journeys of the wide range of these students who studied at the University of Rochester and who have left their mark both here and on the world. 

The exhibition is on view through December 15, 2017 in the Great Hall on the 2nd floor of Rush Rhees Library during library hours.

     
     Exhibition: From Clinton’s Big Ditch to Dewey's Thruway
     200 Years Along the Erie Canal

 

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On July 4, 1817, ground was broken for a 363-mile canal to carry people and products from the Hudson River at Albany to the western frontier in Buffalo. Using the diaries of early travelers, ledgers documenting ships and cargo, engineering schematics, maps, engravings, and photographs, this exhibition celebrates the early vision and modern expansions of the Eighth Wonder of the World.

The exhibition is on view through November 30, 2017 in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Rush Rhees Library during department hours.

     
     Exhibit: A Stunning Discovery
     A New Trove of Isabella Beecher Hooker Papers

 

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This exhibit offers a glimpse into our recent acquisition of Isabella Beecher Hooker papers. Hooker, a pioneering advocate for women’s rights, was a close associate and friend of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, among others. This significant addition to our Isabella Beecher Hooker and John Hooker Papers was recently found in a barn in Connecticut and was shared with the world via the New York Times and other media such as the Rochester Review earlier in 2017. These never before seen materials will offer new insights into a critical period in the history of the Women’s Suffrage movement in the United States, and will serve as an important resource for scholars, students, and educators.

The exhibition is on view through December 23, 2017 in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Rush Rhees Library during department hours.