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


Eli ReedBlack Photographers For Black History Month, the UWM Libraries celebrate and highlight Black photographers, focusing on Black joy. Through the eyes of the photographers, the viewer gets a glimpse of multifaceted lives that often go unnoticed. The exhibit also follows the change in photography over the last half century, featuring photographers such as Gordon Parks, Eli Reed, and Carrie Mae Weems, and on into the Instagram era. While technology changes, Black Joy remains constant.

      Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons
First Floor, West Wing
February 1 – 28, 2018


Milwaukee County ZooMilwaukee County Zoological Society This exhibit highlights the Archives’ Milwaukee County Zoological Society collection.  While being treated to adorable animal photos, viewers can learn about the history of the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, which supported the zoo through the 20th century and garnered public interest.

The exhibit demonstrates how this archival collection can be used for academic research by exploring questions such as: how has the role of the zoo as a public institution changed over the past century; why do people feel bonded to particular zoo animals and why do zoos encourage this; how do zoos drive public support through their publications and educational campaigns?

The exhibit encourages critical thinking and active engagement by giving viewers the opportunity to respond anonymously to questions posed, and by providing more content on Tumblr page, http://uwmarchives.tumblr.com/.  You’ll want to check back frequently as these Tumblr posts will be published throughout the duration of the exhibit.

Exhibition Case Outside of Archives, Room W250
Second Floor, West Wing
January 1 – March 31, 2018


agsl publicationPublications of the American Geographical Society Library In August 1978, Milwaukee welcomed the American Geographical Society (AGS) Library to its new home at the UW-Milwaukee Libraries. AGSL exhibits for this special anniversary year highlight the library’s activities and achievements over the last 40 years, beginning with an exhibit devoted to the publications of the AGS Library.

American Geographical Society Library 
Third Floor, East Wing
January 22 – March 30, 2018


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