Library Exhibits & Displays

Overview of Library Exhibits & Displays

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The University Library (which includes James G. Leyburn Library & Telford Science Library) features many spaces that are perfect for housing exhibits and displays.

The University Library defines an exhibit as a selection of items (either physical or virtual) paired with accompanying textual, visual, or auditory content which serves as a form of communication between the library (or its guest curators) and its visitors.

A library display is a selection of items (either physical or virtual) with little provided interpretation.

Guest Curate a Library Exhibit or Display

The University Library encourages W&L faculty/staff and students to submit exhibit ideas and act as guest curators of our exhibit and display spaces. Curating an exhibit in the University Library can serve as a scholarly exercise for courses or an exciting activity for campus organizations!

The library can help guest curators with the research, setup, and printing required for exhibits and displays. Additionally, the library maintains a thorough Exhibit/Display Manual to help guest curators navitage the exhibit/display creation process.

If you are interested in guest curating an exhibit or display, please contact Emily Cook, Instructional Design Specialist.

Current Physical Exhibits

Below is a list of the current exhibits in the University Library. Exhibits can be visited during normal library operating hours.

Exhibit TitleImageDescription

The Beginning of a Great Legacy

Lee“The Beginning of a Great Legacy: Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s Acceptance of the Washington College Presidency” illustrates the process through which Robert E. Lee was elected, accepted, and began work as the President of Washington College. This topic is explored through enlargements of original photography, original photographic prints, correspondence, broadsides, and circulars. It highlights the various individuals that were associated with Lexington and Washington College that worked to convince Lee to accept the position. Visitors can view original correspondence and read descriptions of those events in the words of the people who lived in that uncertain time.
Located outside Special Collections & Archives on Leyburn’s Lower Level 1.

Alexander Lockhart Nelson

NelsonThis collection features Alexander Lockhart Nelson, a member of the Washington and Lee community from his matriculation as a sophomore in 1846 until he was awarded Professor Emeritus status in 1906. A familiar figure on campus, Nelson was the longest serving member of the Washington and Lee community at the time of his retirement by 32 years. One of four faculty on staff upon Robert E. Lee’s arrival, and a professor long after Lee’s passing, Nelson has a unique perspective on the transformation that Lee precipitated. This collection takes a tour through Nelson’s time at the College, his first hand accounts of Lee, personal elements, and his distinguished career in mathematics.
Located outside Special Collections & Archives on Leyburn’s Lower Level 1.

Digital Exhibits

As of the summer of 2015, all physical exhibits within the University Library will have an accompanying digital exhibit. Browse online exhibits via via Digital Exhibits at Washington and Lee University Library.

Digital exhibits do not need to be tied to a physical library exhibit. If you are interested in creating a digital exhibit for a scholarly or curricular reason, please contact Digital Scholarship Librarian, Alston Cobourn.

Exhibit Calendar

Below is the calendar for current and upcoming exhibits and display.

*Exhibit dates are subject to change.*

Longterm Displays

Several longterm displays are housed within the University Library. Many of these are art pieces that have been installed by W&L’s University Collections of Art and History.

If you have questions about a piece of art not listed in the below table, please contact University Collections of Art and History.

Display TitleImageDescription
Library Posters by
Lance Hidy
hidycolumbiaPosters by graphic artist Lance Hidy.

Includes the artist’s poster designed for the dedication of the James G. Leyburn Library in 1994.

Gifted by Barbara Brown, former University Librarian.

Located in Leyburn’s Main Floor Book Nook.

120 Years of Student Handbooks

studenthandbookcoverCollection of Students’ Hand Books. Hand books are little pocket books that gentlemen students could carry in their jackets. Jackets and ties were required attire in the early days of the university.

Located on Leyburn’s Main Floor near Current Periodicals

Sacred to the Memory Sacred to the MemoryArtistic photographs by Jan Tratnik of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in Lexington.

Created in 2013, Tratnik donated this collection of 25 images to the University Library.

Located on Leyburn’s Lower Level 1.

Photographs by
Lloyd Goad
Photograph by LLoyd GoadArtistic photographs by Jan Tratnik of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in Lexington.

Created in 2013, Tratnik donated this collection of 25 images to the University Library.

Located on Leyburn’s Lower Level 1.

Screenprints by
Robert Indiana
SilkscreensSix large format screenprints signed by the artist and dedicated “for Lowell.”

The prints were donated to the university by artist Lowell Nesbitt.

On loan from University Collections of Art and History.

Located in Leyburn’s Room 103

Procedures & Policies

The University Library has developed procedures and best practices for curating/creating exhibits and displays, which are outlined in our Exhibit & Display Manual.

While also included in the Exhibit & Display Manual, policies governing the curation/creation of exhibits and displays are available for review on our policies webpage.

Need More Help?

Emily Cook

cooke@wlu.edu