Exhibits and Displays


Peter and Donna ThomasPeter and Donna Thomas: The Work of 40 Years  A selection works created by Peter and Donna Thomas, book artists, papermakers, and letterpress printers, based in Santa Cruz, California.

Fourth Floor Exhibition Gallery
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F
October 23 – December 29, 2017


basketCelebrating Native American Heritage Month

      Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons
First Floor, West Wing
November 6 – November 30, 2017


soul accounting by Judith JosephSoaring Spirit: Woodblock Prints and Ketubot by Judith Joseph  Judith Joseph’s art expresses spiritual flight. She uses the natural world as a metaphor for moral and personal struggle and growth. She thinks of her newest work, a series of woodblock prints depicting owls, ravens and other birds, as a series of spiritual self-portraits. Examples of her ketubahs are on view concurrently at Hillel Milwaukee.

      Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons
First Floor, West Wing
April 1 –   August 31, 2017


mississippi river map detailEarly Mapping of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Region Rare maps, atlases, and books, primarily from the 18th & 19th centuries, focused on the exploration and mapping of the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, and the upper midwest region.  Prepared in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries, which is taking place at the AGS Library this September.

American Geographical Society Library 
Third Floor, East Wing
September 20 – November 3, 2017


Vel PhillipsUndaunted Persistence: The Extraordinary Life of Vel Phillips This exhibit traces civil rights pioneer Vel Phillips’ political career starting with her graduation from UW-Madison’s law school in 1951 through her election to the office of Wisconsin Secretary of State in 1978.

Exhibition Case Outside of Archives, Room W250
Second Floor, West Wing
April 1 – July 1, 2017


Small and Tall Books

The Long & Short of It  One of the challenges to organizing a library collection is the lack of standardized book size and shape.  This display shows some of the range of  book sizes found in the stacks here at UWM. Large books are usually shelved in a ‘Folio’ section at the end of each letter section of call numbers. Small books are sometimes stored in pamphlet folders so that they do not get lost in or behind other books on the shelf. All of the books in the display were selected from our circulating collection, meaning that they are available for checkout, but many  more books of unusual size are also available in the Special Collections library.  Try searching “Miniature books” in the library catalog to find a selection.

Exhibition Cases Outside of E159
First Floor, East Wing
Through May 30, 2017


Colonialism in Children's BooksColonialization in Children’s Books  Through the Historical Curriculum Collection’s textbooks and fiction, we can gain insight into how children of the 19th and early 20th centuries were raised and educated about Indigenous people.


Curriculum Collection 
Second Floor, East Wing
August 1 – October 31, 2016