An illustration from the book Pioneer Boy featuring a child with their parents

February 1, 2012 – April 9, 2012 | Smathers Library Gallery

Civil War Legacies

Featuring items from the University of Florida's Special Collections, this exhibit offers perspectives on Lincoln as portrayed in children’s literature, propaganda directed against the president and a study of the Gettysburg Address.

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

February 1, 2012 – March 7, 2012 | Library West

Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War

Organized by the National Constitutional Center and the American Library Association, and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, this traveling exhibit focuses on President Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges posed by the Civil War.

A map of U.S. southern states

February 1, 2012 – March 7, 2012 | Map and Imagery Library

Atlases, Geography and Slave Routes

The main display features selected sheets from the original “Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederation Armies,” published in 1895. Just outside of the library “The Geography of Lincoln” is highlighted and the final display focuses on the Atlantic slave routes featuring original 17th and 18th century cartography from the Antique Map Collection.

An elevation sketch created with ink and colored pencil on trace paper

April 1, 2012 – August 31, 2012 | smathers library first floor

William Morgan

Graduate students from the class “Florida Modern:The Identity of an Architecture Engaged by a Regional Sense of Place” (Professor Guy Peterson, UF School of Architecture) explore the modern works of Jacksonville architect William N. Morgan, FAIA. Focused on six residences designed by Morgan, the exhibition presents case studies on each structure analyzing them for their regional qualities and relationship between architecture and nature.

Book cover of The Temple Sisterhood of Jacksonville, Florida from 1932

April 23, 2012 – June 15, 2012 | Smathers Library Gallery

Jewish Jacksonville

Featuring manuscripts, photographs, newsletters and other ephemera from the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Jewish Jacksonville tells the story of the Jewish community of Jacksonville, Florida in the 19th and 20th century. Curated by Rebecca Jefferson.

Book cover of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

August 1, 2012 – September 15, 2012 | Library West

Common Reading Program

The Common Reading Program exhibit features this years selected book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, topically related materials, and selections from past years. The Common Reading Program is designed to provide all new first-year students with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion, critical thinking, and encourage a sense of community among students, faculty and staff.

An illustration of a child in a forest wearing a monster costume

August 15, 2012 – October 15, 2012 | Smathers Library Room 1A

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Bernard Sendak (1928-2012) is one of America’s most beloved authors and illustrator of children’s literature. He is best known for his work, Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1964 and winner of the Randolph A. Caldecott Medal. Featured in the exhibit are some of his most well known books and material from his 1982 visit to UF. Curated by Suzan A. Alteri.

An open book with an owl and bird illustration

August 28, 2012 – October 6, 2012 | Health Science Center Libraries

Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine

In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions which played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine. Curated by Elizabeth J. Bland. This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.

An illustration from an art book featuring a tiger with human features holding a heart

September 10, 2012 – November 2, 2012 | Smathers Library Gallery


Winning entries selected from the Third Annual Juried Student Book Arts Competition. Artbound 2012 is juried by Sarah Bryant of Big Jump Press and curated by Ellen Knudson.

An illustration depicting half human half animal figures

October 1, 2012 – November 30, 2012 | Smathers Library grand reading room

Grimm Changes : from folk tale to fairy tale

Focusing on the transformations, changes, and various editions of beloved fairy tales, the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature celebrates 200 years of the Brothers Grimm. Curated by Suzan A. Alteri and Jasmine Tran.

A portrait of Zora Neale Hurston

October 26, 2012 – November 16, 2012 | Smathers Library room 1a

Zora Neale Hurston

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, the exhibition presents highlights from life and career including original photographs, manuscripts and typed notes. Curated by Flo Turcotte.

A scan of a page with an illustration that represents the first imaginary view of Jerusalem in print

November 13, 2012 – December 14, 2012 | Smathers Library Gallery

Imagining Jerusalem

An exhibition to coincide with the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, Imagining Jerusalem showcases antique maps, historic photographs and rare books depicting, idealizing and imagining the Holy City of Jerusalem. Curated by Rebecca Jefferson and Carol McAuliffe.