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Exhibits in Leyburn Library


Current Exhibits 


Main floor









Museum Studies student curated exhibits:

  • "Louise: More Than Cheese". Portraits by Louise Herreshoff (Technical Services, level 1)
  • "Stanley William Hayter: The Beauty of a Line". Prints (Main Level)
  • "Narratives of the Henry Strouss Collection". Prints (Main Level)

On display through the Summer


A Patchwork of  Books: Quilting Books from the University Library Collection


A number of books on quilting and the history of quilts will be available for perusal or checkout.

Real quilts belonging to library staff

members are included as well.

Curated by Wanda Swartz.


Main display area, through mid-June.


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. 

Full of information about life on and off campus and filled with lovely advertisements. A number of handbooks are on display.


Display case by ITS Helpdesk

student handbook

The Antarctic Explorations: books donated by Jack Freeman, '59


Freeman donated his collection of 60 books to W&L in the hope that students will become as interested in polar exploration as he is. Freeman went on several explorations as a field assistant. Includes photographs. These books can be checked out.

Display case, main entrance



Library Posters by Lance Hidy

Includes the artist's poster designed for the dedication of Leyburn Library in 1994.

Book Nook walls. Permanent exhibit.

Gift of Barbara Brown.

lance hidy

Boatwright Room

Level 1

The Architecture of Washington and Lee


A photographic display of familiar and unfamiliar W&L buildings throughout history.


Curated by Vaughan Stanley, Special Collections Librarian

Carnegie Library


Artists' Books from the University Collection

Selection of artists' books made by W&L students and by book artists.

Curated by Yolanda Merrill.

Permanent exhibit.

book arts class



Level 1

“First Editions of Anne Tyler and Reynolds Price from the Roger Harrison Mudd Collection.”



Lobby Display Case

   Soon on display

The 1848 Washington Printing Press

Restored in 2003 by David Clinger '55. Brochures available by the Press.

Permanently on display. Lobby



Hans Meid (German, 1882-1957): Othello Series

9 Etchings. Gift of Henry Strouss.


Stacks, long wall.

On loan by UCAH


Othello Hans Meid

Selected Art Works from the Kamen Collection of Western Art


Stacks, outside Technical Services

On loan by UCAH

Temporarily located on Main Floor

Kamen Collection

Landscape Photography by Lloyd Goad

Large size photographs by W&L's Technology Support Specialist for the Williams School.

Computer Lab 101

On loan by the artist

lloyd goad landscape

Screenprints by Robert Indiana

Six large format prints signed by the artist and dedicated "for Lowell".. The posters were donated to the university by artist Lowell Nesbitt.


Seminar Room 103

Robert Indiana


Beyond Text and Image: The Book as Art

Curated by Humanities Librarian Yolanda Merrill. Exhibit originally held at Staniar Gallery, W&L, in 2010.

book of Rs

*UCAH stands for Universiy Collections of Art and History

Forthcoming Exhibits


September: Celebrating the first women's sports at W&L (Main floor) : Soccer = 25

Fall: African American history in Brownsburg, Va.  (working title).  Professor Sascha Goluboff

October/November -- 19th Century Scientific Instruments from the University Collection. (webpage in progress) (Main floor)



Past Exhibits 2009-2010


Spring is Coming: Go for a Hike ! A display of regional guidebooks, topographical maps, plus hiking and camping paraphernalia from the Outing Club.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Playbills and Programs featuring African American Performers, including books from the library's collection on the topic. (collection donated by Henry Strouss)



Celebrating 25 Years of Undergraduate Girls at Washington and Lee.



Old Maps of Lexington and Rockbridge Country, including postcards of the time. (from Special Collections)



W&L's literary magazine SHENANDOAH celebrates its 60th anniversary with a special issue on Flannery O'Connor. (Main Floor)



The Registrar's Got Your Number: the 100th Anniversary of W&L's Registrar's Office (and of the AACRAO)

Old diplomas, grade sheets, catalogs, rule sheets, commencement exercises, and much more.



A World Unto Himself: the Art of Prof. I-Hsiung Ju. Curated by Museum Studies students Andrea Hanick and Maggie Dozier.



Books of Consciousness  A display about the Genocide Prevention Project.  Conceived by Mercy Kibe '11.

Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Friends of the Library organization.


A Garden of Books: Gardening Books from the Library's Collection. 

A display by library staff Wanda Swartz and librarian Laura Turner.   

Study Abroad Photography slideshow (and in October)



A Garden of Books: Gardening Books from the Library's Collection 

A display by library staff Wanda Swartz and librarian Laura Turner.   



November - January 2010:

Mali's Dogon Tribal Art : Pre-19th Century Pieces from the Collection of Tom McNemar


Post Secret: Love Your Body Week.  

Anonymous postcards by W&L students on self-esteem and body image.

Oct. 26 - Nov. 6: Study Abroad Photography slideshow


Post Secret: Love Your Body Week.  

Anonymous postcards by W&L students on self-esteem and body image.


For more information, or exhibit ideas, contact Yolanda Merrill at Leyburn Library.