The exhibition program at the University of Delaware Library includes major exhibitions in the Special Collections main gallery, and smaller exhibits in the Information Area on the first floor of Morris Library and the Lincoln exhibit case. There are also exhibitions of recent publications by University faculty and staff.

The Special Collections Department sponsors two major exhibitions each year in the main gallery. These exhibitions, which focus on a variety of subjects, are composed of books, manuscripts, ephemera, and artifacts from Special Collections.

For more information, please ask Special Collections. You may also view a list of all current and previous exhibitions.

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Current Exhibitions

Jell-O: America’s Most Famous Dessert

Everyone has a memory or story involving Jell-O, America’s first fun food. But how did it become “America’s Most Famous Dessert”? The makers of Jell-O successfully adapted to American tastes for over a century, aided by shrewd advertising. Advertisers gave Jell-O broad appeal, depicting it as both exotic and familiar, appropriate for a family dinner or a gala event, and suitable for simple desserts as well as imaginative culinary creations.

Documents for Delawareans

The University of Delaware Library is Delaware’s longest-serving federal depository, curating the largest collection of federal documents in the state.  The exhibition titled “Documents for Delawareans” celebrates 120 years in the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s (GPO’s) Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).  The exhibition highlights federal publications collected by the Library to provide Delaware residents access to federal government information.

Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

Feb 14–Jun 3, 2017

Over the course of several decades, Mark Samuels Lasner assembled a collection covering a wide range of intellectual and artistic movements from the second half of the nineteenth century in Britain. By displaying a few highlights from a group of  more than 9,500 items, this exhibition celebrates this extraordinary collection and Lasner's recent donation of the collection to the University of Delaware Library.

Art and Artifacts from the Lincoln Collection

Feb 10–Jun 9, 2017

The exhibition “Art and Artifacts from the Lincoln Collection” presents a selection of artwork, memorabilia, and artifacts. Some of the more notable or unique items on display include a reward poster issued by the War Department shortly after Lincoln’s assassination, a Ford's Theatre playbill, and a life mask with bronze casts of Lincoln's hands.

An Introduction to the Theresa Rebeck papers

Theresa Rebeck is an acclaimed American playwright, TV and film writer, director, and novelist. This Omeka exhibit introduces research material representing the scope of works available for study and the type of material found in the Theresa Rebeck papers, which are housed in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library.

Past Exhibitions