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 1st floor of Falvey Memorial Library, near the elevator, present the physical exhibits.
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.
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.
Exhibits are presented by date of installation:
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, 2015. Curated by: Staff
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
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
Joseph 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
Chaos 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.
Torn 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.
Tolle 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, 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.
Jack 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.
History 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.
Library Exhibits Archive
These pages contain archives of early digitized material from Falvey Library exhibitions, 2004-2007. Curated by: Various.