Exhibit on the Third Floor of Hillman Library of Japanese Woodblock Prints


You can see materials from Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) on display in several locations, including exhibit cases on the third floor of Hillman Library, the second-floor lobby at Thomas Boulevard, sometimes on the Ground Floor of Hillman Library, and numerous places around campus! We also periodically present pop-up displays of material in Hillman, and have a digital wall display outside our reading room on the third floor. All our exhibits are free and open to the public, so stop by and check them out!

Current exhibits on the third floor of Hillman Library

Materials on display in this exhibit will rotate periodically while the August Wilson Archive is being processed by Archives & Special Collections staff. Currently we are highlighting materials relating to Wilson’s first play to appear on Broadway, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

“We must create, if only for the day”: Craft Manuals from the Walter & Martha Leuba Collection showcases 20th century instruction manuals from the holdings of Archives & Special Collections on print making, Japanese ink-painting, wood engraving, and more.

Curtis Theatre Collection Highlights showcases materials relating to the history of the performing arts in Pittsburgh from the Curtis Theatre Collection. Of particular note are items related to the Kuntu Repertory Theatre and other Pittsburgh Black performing arts groups.

Be Strong and of Good Courage: A Celebration of Women at Pitt commemorates the histories, traditions, and legacies of women throughout the life of the University of Pittsburgh. With 2020 marking the 125th anniversary of women enrolling as full-time students, the 110th anniversary of the graduation of the first Black female student, and the 100th Lantern Night, it's the perfect time to remember the women who helped shape our university into what it is today.

The Art of Noh: Woodblock Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo showcases reproductions of a spectacular series of Japanese color woodblock prints by the artist Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927). They are inspired by Noh, a theater form that originated in Japan in the fourteenth century, and represent a wide variety of performers as well as demons and ghosts.

Thanks to the generous donation of Pitt alumni Barry and Elizabeth Rosensteel, this collection is now home to 300 Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. This exhibit presents a series of prints by famous Edo period artists such as Utagawa, Ichirakutei, Katsukawa, and Totoya depicting portraits of Kabuki actors (yakusha-e) and women (bijinga). It also includes a set of privately published prints (sumimono), which were popular among wealthy merchants.

The History of Sound Recording exhibit illustrates the development of recording technology from Edison’s earliest tin foil cylinder to magnetic tape. On display are several early recording devices as well as items from our newest acquisition, the Bing Crosby Collection.

The Artist Books exhibit features artists' books, zines, and prints from the Frick Fine Arts Library Artists' Books collection. Artists' books are works of art that utilize the form of the book. They are often published in small editions, though they are sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects. The themes amongst this selection include racial and social justice, political activism, and environmentalism.

The Erroll Garner exhibit showcases original items from the collection in honor of the remastering and reissue of some of his most popular albums. Included are original master reels from Concert By The Sea, promotional performance posters, and photographs. Stop by the exhibit to scan the QR code or visit The Erroll Garner website and listen to one of the 12 newly remastered Garner albums.

Selections from the George A. Romero Archival Collection features props, publicity, and production materials from across the career of George A. Romero, an independent horror filmmaker best known for Night of the Living Dead. Materials document both some of his most famous films as well as unrealized projects.

Small Press Activism: the Pamphlet as an Agent for Social and Political Change features political pamphlets from two different eras of American history to highlight the persistence of the pamphlet as a tool for promoting political activism and change throughout history. The exhibit includes pamphlets from the Revolutionary and Early Republic years from the late 18th and early 19th Centuries and pamphlets from the Civil Rights Movement from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Ethelbert Nevin: In his day, Ethelbert Nevin (1862-1901) was recognized as one of America’s leading pianists and composers. This exhibit draws from the Center for American Music’s Ethelbert Nevin Collection to document his life and career, which took him from Pittsburgh to Boston, New York, and Europe.

Selections from Archives & Special Collections’ Political Papers: Documenting public policy and civic engagement has been a focus for many archival repositories throughout the 20th century. Collections of political papers have been a major avenue for researchers to gain an understanding of these areas. Showcased here are buttons, badges, bumper stickers, posters, and flags that are indicative of materials that are found in many of our political collections. Much of these items were worn and used to promote specific candidates at the national conventions of the Democratic and Republican Parties.

Places You Wouldn't Believe: Selections from the Gerald Stern Papers celebrates the Gerald Stern Papers, documenting his life and writing career. He has authored sixteen books of poetry and four books of essays. His work has appeared in countless journals and anthologies. In 1998, Stern received the National Book Award for This Time: New and Selected Poems and, in 2000, he was appointed the first poet laureate of New Jersey. This exhibit showcases published works and photographs of this celebrated author.

Founded in 1929 by George Macy of New York City, the Limited Editions Club was a premiere subscription-based book club for book enthusiasts. The mission of the Limited Editions Club was to produce finely illustrated editions of classical literature to circulate to the membership. George Macy commissioned legendary artists, photographers, and illustrators to bring classic literature to life and published 548 titles between 1929-1985. Although production continued to decline over the years, the Limited Editions Club still circulated titles into the early 2000s. This exhibit will feature some beautiful examples produced by the Limited Editions Club.

While on the third floor, check out our digital wall of interactive exhibits!

  • Highlights of Archives & Special Collections
  • A Timeline of the Cathedral of Learning
  • Get to the Point!
  • A History of Oakland
  • The Silk Road
  • The Art of Noh

View our other exhibits in Hillman and around campus!

  • George A. Romero, Movie Posters – Hillman Library, Ground Floor Main Hallway
  • Erroll Garner & Martha Glaser – William Pitt Union, Ground Floor, International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame
  • Ramón Gómez de la Serna, "Greguerías"  – Posvar Hall, Global Hub Display Cases

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