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Online Library Exhibits

Online Library Exhibits

Exhibits engage members of the Villanova Community and the public at large with a thematic topic and set of documents from the collections of the University.  They are designed to educate, inform, and entertain viewers both about the topic and the set of documents.  Cases on the 2nd floor of Falvey Memorial Library, just outside the Rare Book Rook, present the physical exhibits, while two smaller cases on the 1st floor serve either as a supplement to the primary exhibit or as a secondary exhibit space.

Online library exhibits do not suffer from the space limitations of physical exhibits and enable viewers to more closely observe the fine details of documents and illustrations and to read more extensive text and access supplemental information such as timelines, bibliographies, and historical notes; online library exhibits preserve and continue to inform even after the installation of a physical exhibit is concluded.

There are two categories of online library exhibits: those that are supplemental to a physical exhibit that at one time was installed in Falvey Memorial Library, and those that have been designed for a direct digital installation.

Exhibits are curated by Villanova staff, interns, and faculty; often an exhibit is a team endeavor from the selection of documents and the writing of didactic text, to the design and presentation of the graphic environment.


Open Exhibits

Exhibits are presented by date of installation:

El Perú en sus tradiciones, en su historia, en su arte
A unique early 20th-century Peruvian manuscript held at Special Collections in the Falvey Memorial Library transcribed and annotated by a group of twenty undergraduate students in Fall 2013. Digital Installation: April 2, 2014. Curated by: Chad Leahy
The Ardmore Project: Suburban Life in the Early 20th Century
In Fall 2013, Villanova History students in a Junior Research Seminar ventured into the realm of Digital Humanities to reconstruct aspects of life and society in Ardmore, PA during the early twentieth century. Digital Installation: March 11, 2014. Curated by: Craig Bailey
Paper for the People: Dime Novels and Early Mass Market Publishing
An overview of the diverse and action-packed fiction that provided one of the most popular forms of entertainment from the mid-19th to early-20th century. Digital Installation: June 6, 2013. Curated by: Demian Katz

black_oral_history.jpgBlack Villanova: An Oral History
A project focusing on the African American student experience at Villanova University throughout the period of roughly 1950-1985. Digital Installation: November 4, 2012. Curated by: Tom Mogan

dante.jpgDante Illustrated
This exhibit highlights several illustrated editions of the Divine Comedy owned by Falvey Memorial Library, Special Collections. Digital Installation: October 26, 2012. Curated by: Diane Biunno

mcgarrity.jpgJoseph McGarrity: Man of Action; Man of Letters
This exhibit explores the lesser-known side of the influential Philadelphia-based Irish republican leader Joseph McGarrity as a man of letters. Digital Installation: July 12, 2012. Curated by Brian J. McDonald

riots_icon.jpgChaos in the Streets: The Philadelphia Riots of 1844
Travel back in time to the Philadelphia Riots of 1844 from Villanova University's Digital Library. Digital Installation: December 8, 2011. Curated by Karla Irwin.

fenian_icon.jpgTorn Between Brothers: A look at the internal division that weakened the Fenian Brotherhood
This exhibit highlights the Fenian Brotherhood collection housed in the Villanova University Digital Library. Digital Installation: May 3, 2011. Curated by: Jean Turner.

confessions_icon.jpgTolle lege: The Confessions of St. Augustine
This exhibit highlights editions of Augustine's Confessions held in Special Collections. Digital Installation: November 3, 2010. Curated by: Laura Bang.

rambles_icon.jpgRambles, Sketches, Tours: Travellers & Tourism in Ireland
Take a tour through Ireland in this exhibit of Irish travel writing from the Joseph McGarrity Collection of Special Collections. Digital Installation: October 19, 2010. Curated by: Laura Bang.

jby_icon.jpgJack Butler Yeats: Drawings & Illustrations
This exhibit focuses on the drawings and illustrations of Jack B. Yeats found in Special Collections materials. Digital Installation: January 14, 2009. Curated by: Róisín Corry Roche.

lane_icon.jpgHistory Between the Pages: The Life of Samuel A. Lane
This exhibit highlights the exciting journey of one man’s life through the zeitgeist of the 19th century.  Digital Installation: July 1, 2009. Curated by: Johanna Hibbs.

El Perú en sus tradiciones, en su historia, en su arte is a unique early 20th-century Peruvian manuscript held at Special Collections in the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University. 

With the support of the Aurelius Digital Humanities Initiative, the present edition of El Perú en sus tradiciones, en su historia, en su arte was prepared in Fall 2013 by a group of twenty undergraduate students