Three special, smaller-scale exhibitions are being presented at the University of Delaware this spring by Special Collections and Museums in Morris Library, in addition to the four exhibitions on view this semester in the UD Library, Museums and Press galleries.
Within these displays, viewers can discover one man’s lasting Lincoln legacy, four American women’s sensitive and unflinching poetry, and books that use fonts and typefaces as marketing tools.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Visitors must use their UD ONEcards or state-issued IDs to enter Morris Library.
A Life with Lincoln: An Exhibition in Honor of Donald A. Rydgren On view through June 8
Lincoln Exhibit Case on the Second Floor of Morris Library
Donald A. Rydgren, Delaware native and longtime curator of the Lincoln Collection of the University of Delaware, passed away on Oct. 26, 2017.
In celebration of his passion for promoting the life and career of the 16th president of the United States through presentations, tours and research consultations, this exhibition showcases material acquired during the 45 years Rydgren served as curator and host of the collection at UD’s Goodstay Center. Rydgren also served as president of the Lincoln Club of Delaware, of which he had been a member for more than 50 years.
Four Poets: Brooks, Rich, Brown, Trethewey On view through March 30
Four-Case Exhibit on the First Floor of Morris Library
Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, Fleda Jackson Brown and Natasha Trethewey—the four women who are the focus of this exhibition—are celebrated American poets, and Brown is a professor emerita of English at UD. Through a variety of poetic forms, they explore African-American life, gender, nature and other topics.
This exhibition coincides with both Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March. It will include several of the poets’ major works.
The Menagerie of Fonts: Specimen Books in the University of Delaware Library On view through March 16
One-Case Exhibit on the First Floor of Morris Library
In type specimen books—around since the earliest years of printing history—readers encounter a wide array of typefaces and fonts, proving them interesting artifacts on the material history of texts.
The samples of this unique genre of commercial publishing on view will highlight how these books have been used as marketing tools for print shops and type foundries, and the insights they provide on the material history of texts.