Category: NN Exhibits

“Early Manuscripts: Bright Doorway to a Glorious Past” on exhibit now

Submitted by Eric Johnson:   “Early Manuscripts: Bright Doorway to a Glorious Past”.  An exhibition curated by Eric J. Johnson and Graeme M. Boone

Hagerty Hall Lobby, June 19 – 1 September 1, 2017

In this exhibit, we look at a selection of images that illustrate the beauty and diversity of old manuscripts from two different angles. First, Eric Johnson, Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts at the Ohio State University Library, evokes the richness of Ohio State’s own manuscript holdings in a concise survey of twenty medieval items housed in the Library’s own remarkable collection.






Second, Graeme Boone, Professor of Music and director of the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Ohio State, evokes the wealth of early musical writings in a selection of twenty celebrated manuscripts found in diverse libraries in the United States and Europe.




Exhibition on Detectives Opens in Thompson Gallery May 24

The game is afoot!

The new exhibition Hot on the Trail of Iconic Detectives explores popular depictions of fictional detectives over the last 150 years. The exhibition is curated by English Librarian Jennifer Schnabel. It opens May 24 in Thompson Library Gallery.  The gallery is open daily during the summer from noon until 6 p.m.

We often associate the traditional detective character with Sherlock Holmes and his concealing overcoat, deerstalker hat, pipe, and magnifying glass. Hot on the Trail of Iconic Detectives reveals the creation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s character and his iconic look as well as highlights diverse representations of detectives on the page, stage, and screen, including:

  • Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Victorian detective
  • Nancy Drew, the teen sleuth created by Carolyn Keene
  • Dick Tracy, the comic book hero first drawn by Chester Gould
  • Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, Chester Himes’s Harlem detectives
  • Shinichi Kudo, manga author Gosho Aoyama’s boy detective

This exhibition would not have been possible without the support of the curators, staff, and student workers in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, the Medical Heritage Center, the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection, and the Libraries’ Area Studies, Preservation & Reformatting, and Communications departments.

New Thompson exhibits on notable world travelers, cybersecurity

Submitted by Ken Aschilman:  Two new displays are now on exhibit at the Thompson Library.


The showcase exhibit Explorers looks at notable world travelers through materials from the Gardner Family Map Room. The exhibit, curated by Jan Wagner, shows the journeys of Leif Erikson, Zheng He, Captain James Cook, and Hiram Bingham. See the exhibit now through August 11 in Thompson Library’s 1st-floor southwest reading area.







The showcase exhibit The Code War explores cybersecurity on both personal and national levels. The exhibit, curated by José Diaz, includes practical guides on protecting yourself from cybercrime. Additional materials explore the nation’s cybersecurity and the potentially devastating consequences of cyberwar. See the exhibit now through August 11 in Thompson Library’s 3rd-floor southwest reading area.

New conservation exhibit at Thompson Library

Before and After: Realizing the “Ideal State” displays objects restored by the University Libraries’ Conservation Unit. The exhibit, curated by conservator Harry Campbell, showcases rare books, illustrations, set designs, and a 14th-century scroll that have now been preserved for future scholarship.

See the exhibit now through July 28 in the Special Collections display area, located in the first floor of Thompson Library.

“Fun & Funky” new Thompson showcase exhibit

Fun & Funky: Are Those Really Books? showcases unique and unconventional books from the collections of the Architecture Library and the Fine Arts Library.  The exhibit, curated by Tina Franks, includes pop-up books, accordion-style books, card sets, and a hexagonal book. See it now through August 6 in Thompson Library’s second-floor northwest tray (room 240).

New exhibits at BICLM

Two new exhibits at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum mark the beginning of a year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of BICLM.

The BICLM galleries are open Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.