Latest Past Exhibits

Image of a case for the Pop-Up Exhibit Banned Books Unleashed.

Banned Books Unleashed

Libraries around the United States have been faced with an unprecedented surge in attempted book bans. At the UCR Library, we not only reject such efforts to ban books, we see it as our solemn responsibility to make the diverse voices and experiences of the people that make up the United States available to all...
By University Librarian Steven Mandeville-Gamble |

Tomás Rivera: UCR and Higher Education Retrospective / Una retrospective sobre UCR y la Educación Superior

This exhibition showcases the life and work of author, poet, teacher, activist, and past UCR Chancellor Tomás Rivera. Rivera was born in 1935 to Mexican migrant workers, and was among the first generation of Chicanos to earn a PhD. He worked tirelessly to make higher education accessible to students from underrepresented communities. He also took...

Transcribing the Imaginary

Transcribing the Imaginary is the third installment in a year-long series of exhibitions titled The Power of Language. The Power of Language consists of four exhibitions and celebrates the diversity of languages that are represented within SCUA.
By Phoenix Alexander, Andrew Lippert, and Karen Raines |

Speaking Across Time: Indigenous Languages of the Americas

“Speaking Across Time” is the second installment in a year-long series of exhibitions titled “The Power of Language.” The Power of Language consists of four exhibitions and celebrates the diversity of languages that are represented in the handwritten and print resources found within Special Collections & University Archives at the University of California, Riverside.
By Sandy Enriquez |

Celebrating 75 Years of the CUC

We invite you to view this exhibit that documents the Citizens University Committee, an organization that played a key role in the establishment of UCR, on the first floor of the Tomás Rivera Library from May 16, 2023 - June 14, 2023.
By Andrea Hoff |

Black Greek Letter Organizations: Divinely Made in the I.E.

The Black Greek Letter Organizations: Divinely Made in the I.E. exhibition chronicles the collective history of nine Black Greek Letter organizations (BGLOs) at the University of California, Riverside, and beyond.
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Direct to the People

View the exhibition from June 13 through September 16 on the 4th floor of the Rivera Library in Special Collections & University Archives, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Photoshopped: The Art of Early Photo Manipulation

View the exhibition April 7 - June 10 on the 4th floor of the Rivera Library in Special Collections & University Archives.

The Human and the Alien: An Exploration of First Contact Stories

Discovering intelligent life in the cosmos has been a long-anticipated moment for humanity and fertile ground for fantastic stories since the dawn of science fiction.

50X50: Celebrating the Eaton Collection's 50th Anniversary

The J. Lloyd Eaton collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Utopian Literature began under humble yet controversial auspices when University Librarian Donald Wilson acquired the collection in 1968. Wilson was alone in recognizing the research potential in the modest 7,500 volume personal library of Dr. J. Lloyd Eaton, but it quickly became a significant...

And there's the humor of it: Shakespeare and the four humors

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) created characters that are among the richest and most humanly recognizable in all of literature. Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age—that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors –blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm. These four humors were understood to define peoples’ physical and mental...
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Footsteps to You - Chattel Slavery

Footsteps to You - Chattel Slavery Ownership in which one person has absolute power over the life, fortune, and liberty of another. 1 : a piece of property (as animals, money, or goods) other than real estate 2 : Slave “Publications and artifacts from the 1800s help us to obtain a greater insight and understanding...

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to present our latest traveling exhibition, "Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature." For additional information, please see this article.

Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine

An exhibition developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine. In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new...

Mark Glassy and Frankenstein: Men of Many Parts

An exhibition to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," featuring one-of-a-kind sculptures and objects from the private collection of UC Riverside alumnus Mark Glassy. Opening the week of Sept. 24 – closing December 14. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday Special Collections Reading Room, fourth floor, Rivera Library Guided tours will...

Spenser's Faerie Queene: Taproot of Modern Fantasy

Spenser’s Faerie Queene: Taproot of Modern Fantasy Recent Acquisitions of Special Collections. Nov 6 - December 14 Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room Tomas Rivera Library, UC Riverside Recent acquisitions include: The faerie queene : disposed into twelue bookes, fashioning XII morall vertues. Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599. London : Printed for VVilliam Ponsonbie, 1596. The...

The History of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement

In celebration of LGBT History Month and in partnership with the UCR LGBT Resource Center, the UCR Library will launch its new exhibition program with a poster display entitled The History of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement. Created by the ONE Archives Foundation located in West Hollywood, California the material "explores the incredibly inspiring journey...

The Power of Language: From Manuscript to Print

We invite you to view SCUA’s latest exhibition, The Power of Language: From Manuscript to Print, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday on the 4th floor of the Rivera Library in Special Collections & University Archives until March 24, 2023.
By Cherry Williams |

500 Years of Utopia

This exhibit commemorates the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, a book that led to a proliferation of utopian fiction in the Western world. Utopias usually critique the politics of the author’s time, and imagine what a better society might look like. Many utopias sparked social movements, such as the Utopian Socialism of the 19th...

Arthur C. Harmon: Tuskegee Airman

This display highlights selected items from the personal archival collection of Arthur C. Harmon and his career as a Tuskegee Airman, held by the UCR Special Collections Department. Community members can visit the display on the fourth floor of Tomas Rivera Library in the Special Collections Reading Room between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and...