Mortimer Rare Book Room Exhibitions

Exhibitions in the Library

Exhibitions of manuscripts, rare books, and contemporary book arts are shown in three places in Neilson Library: in the Morgan Gallery on the main floor, in the Book Arts Gallery on the third floor, and in the Mortimer Rare Book Room vestibule.

Spring 2014

Two New Collections in the Mortimer Rare Book Room
April 30-May 27, 2014

Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library Level 1 and outside the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library Level 3

The Gundersheimer Collection of Italian Travels

Werner L. Gundersheimer, director emeritus of the Folger Shakespeare Library, has donated his remarkable collection of nearly 600 books of Italian travels to the Mortimer Rare Book Room. The collection is composed of accounts of mostly English and American travelers to all parts of Italy during the seventeenth through the twentieth century, including the Grand Tour, later American cultural tourism, and the rise of women travelers. Many of the books are illustrated with drawings, prints, and photographs, and some of the texts shed new light on early travelers’ motivations and interests. Many of the books also have decorative, illustrative, and colorful book covers.

The James Fraser Collection

This newly acquired collection is in two parts: one is Japanese graphic arts, especially advertising posters and photographs, mostly in Japanese; the other is propaganda and avant-garde literature and picture books in many languages for children and young adults. The book covers on display are from children’s books—published in England, Poland, the United States, Japan, and elsewhere—ranging in subject from nursery rhymes, to animals, to political topics.

"Beyond the Baby-sitters Club: The Other Books of Ann M. Martin" - March 24 - May 27, 2014
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, level 3

Did you grow up reading the Baby-sitters Club books? Did you know they were written by Smith alumna Ann Martin, class of 1977? In May 2013, Ms. Martin donated her archive of literary papers to the Mortimer Rare Book Room, and Su Meck, AC class of 2014, worked last fall to organize the papers and create a detailed inventory list. She had become a devoted Ann Martin fan years ago when she read the books with her children. The Ann M. Martin Papers project was Su’s senior capstone project for the Book Studies Concentration. Su has selected a very small and tantalizing sample of those materials for exhibition, focusing on books by Ann Martin other than the Baby-sitters Club series.

Main Street illustration Ann M. Martin

See past exhibitions