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University of Minnesota : Driven to Discover.


Browse Exhibits:

Memorial Stadium, 1924-1992
In an unprecedented effort, University of Minnesota faculty, students, staff, and alumni banded together to raise almost $2 million in the 1920s to build "greatly needed structures" taking the form of "two inspiring memorials" – Northrop Auditorium honoring President Cyrus Northrop and Memorial Stadium paying tribute to the men and women of Minnesota "who fearlessly sacrificed themselves in the great war."

Charles Babbage Institute - ACM Exhibit
The ACM Records, donated to the Charles Babbage Institute by ACM's Headquarters office in 2008, contain 57 boxes of information about ACM's administration, operations, and projects and tell the story of the society's development and expansion over the first 60 years of its existence. Focusing on many of the key aspects of the work of the association, this exhibit pulls together documentary and visual evidence of ACM's activities from the organization's records as well as from supporting collections.

The Correct Way to Sail from Lisbon to Calicut
From Lisbon to Calicut was translated by Alvin E. Prottengeier, with commentary and notes by John Parker, curator of the James Ford Bell Library from 1953 until his retirement in 1991. It was published in 1956 by the University of Minnesota Press; the copyright is held by the University of Minnesota.

Houlton's Legacy: The Magic of Dance
Loyce Houlton's legacy includes her stunning original repertoire of choreography, a major school of dance and professional company, and a community resource that is rich with opportunity for young dancers and artists, and a range of audiences to learn, grow, and discover their creative passions.

Alexander: The Inevitable Belt
In the summer of 1915, Purcell wrote a letter to Charles O. Alexander, an industrialist and director of sales at the Alexander Brothers Leather and Belting Company in Philadelphia. Purcell gradually assumed the duties of advertising manager there. During this time, he developed Charles Alexander's existing advertising campaigns, taking them to new levels of inventiveness. Examples from this collection include advertisements, brochures, calendars and company stationery for the Alexander Brothers Leather and Belting Company, its subsidiary the Charlotte Leather Belting Company, and its offshoot, the International Leather & Belting Corporation.

The Word Made Flesh
This exhibit featured examples of biblical texts, including medieval manuscripts and facsimiles. Highlights included two leaves from the 42-line Gutenberg Bible; the original New Testament portion of the King James Bible; other early printings such as the Geneva Bible and the "Breeches" Bible; and related works stemming out of the Reformation such as publications, broadsides, and pamphlets from Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, and others.

The Givens Collection of African American Literature: The Arts of Social Justice
"The Arts of Social Justice: The Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature" highlights works by African American artists, activists, intellectuals, and their allies committed to the struggle for social change. Exploring major themes found within the Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature, "The Arts of Social Justice" includes representations of family, community, cultural preservation and heritage, the arts, and social justice found in book art, photography, performing arts, epistolary communications, ephemera, and other archival materials.

Keeping Fit
"Keeping Fit" was a 48-poster series produced by the U.S. Public Health Service and the YMCA in 1919. It was designed to educate teenage boys and young men about the dangers of sexual promiscuity and urged them to embrace moral and physical fitness. A parallel series, "Youth and Life" was designed for girls and young women.

Youth and Life
"Youth and Life" was a 48-poster series, designed to educate teenage girls and young women about the dangers of sexual promiscuity and urged them to embrace moral and physical fitness. It was adapted in 1922 by the American Social Hygiene Association from "Keeping Fit", a similar series for boys and young men.

YMCA in America
For 150 years, the YMCA has been a pioneering force in the United States—a force so powerful that, as we begin the 21st century, it is arguably the most successful social institution this country has ever known. Above all, the YMCA movement is about people—all ages, races, religions and incomes. Forever mission-driven, Ys exist to mold the kind of people who care about each other, who are firm in their own sense of worth and that of others, who try to foster understanding and respect, who take responsibility for their own lives and help improve the lives of others.

Becoming Minnesota
"Becoming Minnesota" was first mounted in the Fine Arts Building at the 2007 Minnesota State Fair, and was on display in the Elmer L. Andersen Library January 23 - March 12, 2008. The exhibit focused on six themes: exploration and discovery, peiople, recreation, business and agriculture, education, and the arts. Each of the twelve Archives and Special Collections primary collectiong areas contributed to this exhibit.

Celebrating Venice: On Land and Sea
In the fall of 2012, the Bell Library mounted a gallery exhibition with the same title. This online exhibit was drawn from the exhibit guide for the physical exhibition, exploring Venice from its origins as a sanctuary for refugees fleeing waves of Germanic invasions and Huns to a thriving a city state that functions as a cultural and commercial hinge between east and west.

Captain Cook's Voyages of Discovery
Captain James Cook was the most prominent explorer of the late 18th century, and one of the greatest explorers of all time. His three famous voyages of discovery to the Pacific Ocean made great contributions to Western knowledge of the region, and changed the course of history. This exhibit looks at the cultural and scientific discoveries of Cook’s voyages as illustrated by images from the collections of the Bell Library.

Early Atlases and How They Shaped the World: Examples from the Bell Library
Tracing the myriad geographical discoveries that were made between the 15th and 17th centuries, the maps in early European atlases formed powerful perceptions of the newly mapped regions of the world by publicizing the most accurate geographical information shortly after it was known to explorers and scientists. This exhibit explores that history, and the achievements of six landmark atlases in shaping human perceptions of world geography, illustrated by images from the James Ford Bell Library.

Olaus Magnus: 16th Century Map of Scandinavia
The Carta Marina is a fascinating map of Scandinavia from the 16th century. It was the first large-scale map of a European region. The portrayal of the Scandinavian region, while still not accurate, was more accurate than earlier maps. The illustrations remain beautiful to this day.

Portolan Charts
Maps called "portolan charts" recorded the accumulated experience and wisdom of generations of Mediterranean seafarers. Portolan charts were practical, no-nonsense tools made for the use of sailors who sailed "great waters."

Ptolemy's World
Claudius Ptolemy is one of the most famous namesin the history of geography. His maps had order, logic, a sense of control in contrast to other fifteenth-century maps. Other maps of their time paled in impact by comparison.

Maps and Mapmakers: Martin Waldseemüller
German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller made history by carving the name "America" into wood blocks for two maps he created to illustrate new discoveries in the western Atlantic. This online component of the James Ford Bell Library's exhibition lets you explore Waldseemüller's life, works, and legacy, and understand his maps in the context of the world he lived in.

Nagasaki Harbor, 1741: Navigating the Many Dimensions of a Map
Within the James Ford Bell Library rests folded within a thin, square wooden box sits; though the box is small, once the wad of rice paper inside is removed and unfolded, it reveals a colorful, detailed depiction of a bird's-eye view of Nagasaki Harbor in the middle of the eighteenth century.