Library Exhibits

Spottswood Styles: Lexington Poet

Spottswood Styles


Spottswood Styles was a well-regarded black poet during the first part of the 20th century. In celebration of Black History Month, this exhibit features his poems, family photographs, and other books on and by black poets.

To view a blog post written on Mr. Styles by W&L English professor, Lesley Wheeler, click here.

The exhibit will be up until the end of March 2015.

Main floor, Leyburn Library


Sacred to the Memory

Sacred to the Memory

Artistic 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.

Lower Level 1 Stacks. Permanent exhibit.

“Notions”: The Triangle Factory Fire and Beyond

Notions box

“Notions” is a collaborative art project by members of the Virginia Arts of the Book Center (VABC) in Charlottesville. The box contains handmade and letterpress printed objects exploring the working conditions of the garment factory workers in early 20th century New York City, and ending with the Tazreen fire in Bangladesh in 2012. The library’s Special Collections purchased a copy of Notions, which is an edition of 40.

Lower Level 1, Special Collections Lobby

120 Years of Student Handbooks


Have you ever seen a Students’ Hand Book from 1891? It is a little pocketbook that the gentlemen students could carry in their jacket. Jackets and ties were required attire in the early days.
Full of information about life on and off campus and filled with lovely advertisements. A number of handbooks are on display.

Main Floor, by the Current Periodicals

Library Posters by Lance Hidy


Posters 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.

Main Floor – Book Nook back wall. Permanent exhibit.

Photographs by Lloyd Goad

Lloyd Goad photograph

Large size landscape photography by Lloyd Goad, Technology Support Specialist for the Williams School at Washington and Lee.

On loan by the artist.

Computer Lab, Level 1 stacks

Silkscreens by Robert Indiana


Six 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

On permanent display. Seminar Room 103, Level 1 stack area

The Book as Art

book as art

Online exhibit only. Images from the exhibit “Beyond Text and Image: The Book as Art”, curated by Yolanda Merrill in Staniar Gallery, W&L, in Spring 2010.

Watch the online exhibit by clicking here.

Antique Scientific Instruments at Washington and Lee

physics apparatus

Online exhibit only. Antique Scientific Instruments from the University Collection. This exhibit was on display in 2012. The exhibit shows all instruments in great detail, and each instrument is accompanied by a description of its use.

Link to the online exhibit of these instruments. Curated by Yolanda Merrill.

Female Representations in the Early Calyxes

Calyx 1980

Come and see wonderful illustrations of women through the eyes of Washington and Lee’s student yearbook, The Calyx.

Lower Lobby, outside Special Collections