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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. Some digital exhibits replicate and/or complement physical exhibits, while others are digital originals. Cases on the 1st floor of Falvey Memorial Library, near the elevator, present the physical exhibits.


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.

Mini Exhibits Icon Mini Exhibits: Bite-size Exhibits on a Variety of Topics
Bite-size exhibits on a variety of topics. Digital Installation: Ongoing. Curated by: Various

NovaStroies Icon Nova Stories: Campus Life from the 1960s
This exhibit is a selection of University Archives material highlighting campus life in the 1960s. Digital Installation: May 17, 2019. Curated by Beaudry Rae Allen.

Wildcat Icon Wildcats Past and Present
This exhibit highlights the sports history of the University, in conjunction with the 175th anniversary of Villanova (1842-2017), by highlighting materials held in Falvey Library’s Special Collections and University Archives. Digital Installation: September 5, 2017. Curated by Susan Ottignon.

This exhibit presents a selection of advertisements from the 19th and early 20th centuries that appeared in American print newspapers and magazines from the Digital Library@Villanova University. Digital Installation: December 31, 2016. Curated by: Susan Ottignon

EasterIcon To Strike for Freedom! The 1916 Easter Rising
A commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising that highlights its American connections using materials from the Joseph McGarrity Collection. Digital Installation: March 16, 2016. Curated by: Staff

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

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.

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.

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.

ArchiveIcon.pngLibrary Exhibits Archive
These pages contain archives of early digitized material from Falvey Library exhibitions, 2004-2007. Curated by: Various.


Villanova Theatre Icon Be Not Afraid of Greatness, Celebrating the History of Villanova Theatre
Distinctive Collections invites you to celebrate the history of Villanova Theatre with a digital exhibit of the March 2020 physical exhibit. Digital Installation: May 15, 2020. Curated by: Beaudry Rae Allen

Scraps for Keeps Icon "Scraps for Keeps": Scrapbooks and Photo Albums from Distinctive Collections
This exhibit looks at a sampling of scrapbooks and photo albums from Falvey Memorial Library's Distinctive Collections. Digital Installation: December 20, 2019. Curated by: Laura Bang

Zoo Icon Animals Through Human Eyes: Vintage Zoological Illustrations
This exhibit presents a selection of animal illustrations and examines how humans view and interact with different categories of animals. Digital Installation: March 27, 2018. Curated by: Marjorie Haines.

Russian Icon Blood & Soul: The Russian Revolutions of 1917
Commemorating the 100th Anniversaries of the 1917 Russian revolutions and the enthronement of St. Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow. Video Release: February 17, 2017. Curated by: F. John J. Perich

Are We There Yet Icon Are We There Yet? Travel, Tourism, & Exploration
This exhibit highlights some of the travel-related materials in Falvey Library’s Special Collections. Digital Installation: October 11, 2016. Curated by: Kayla Van Osten & Laura Bang

dime.jpg 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

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

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.

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.

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.


Classroom & Hosted Projects

Since 2012, the Library has been engaged in producing digital humanities and other digital scholarship projects in conjunction with members of the University community. You can view a list of these projects here.