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.
The Beginning of a Great Legacy
“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
This 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 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.
Below is the calendar for current and upcoming exhibits and display.