Physical Exhibits in Special Collections
The Department of Special Collections regularly presents thematic exhibits of materials from its holdings in the Special Collections Exhibit Room, 102 Hesburgh Library, and on our Web site. Please follow the links in the menu at left for more information about our exhibits and exhibition schedule.
Currently on Display
Tír na nÓg: Literature for Young People from the Hesburgh Libraries' Irish Collections
August 26 to December 13, 2013
In 2003 the Hesburgh Libraries acquired the Irish Fiction Collection of Rolf and Magda Loeber. The Loebers are the authors of A Guide to Irish Fiction, 1650-1900, a monumental study and annotated bibliography of fiction written by Irish authors, set in Ireland, or related to Ireland. The acquisition of the Loeber Collection of over two thousand books, generously funded by Dr. Michael W. J. Smurfit and Dennis F. and Ellin C. Murphy, marks the launch of the Hesburgh Library's ambitious Irish Fiction Initiative.
Children's literature forms a very interesting subset of this collection. The nineteenth century saw the development of stories with a moral purpose and later a trend towards books designed to delight and amuse children. By the twentieth century a number of genres of youth literature are in evidence including girls' stories, adventure stories and picture books. Nationalism, folklore, the Irish language and the culture and customs of rural Ireland emerge in twentieth century Irish children's literature.
In the late twentieth century, children's books deal with Ireland's history and also problems of Irish society. The Famine, the War of Independence, and the Northern Ireland Conflict form the background of a number of novels from the late 1970s on. Several contemporary Irish authors and illustrators are known throughout the world, and this exhibit highlights a few of their works.
Tír na nÓg is the Land of the Youth, a mythical otherworld that features in the Fenian cycle of Irish tales.
102 Hesburgh Library,
at the west end of the 1st Floor Concourse
Open to the public:
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Home Football Weekends:
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Friday
and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saturday (exhibit only)
October 3rd, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
This exhibit is curated by Aedín Ní Bhróithe Clements (Irish Studies Librarian)
Design by Sara Weber (Digital Projects Specialist, Special Collections). Conservation and preparation of materials by Liz Dube (Conservator, Preservation) and Diane Sikorski (Conservation Technician, Preservation). Research assistance by Rebecca Rossi (ND '14). Planning and coordination by the Hesburgh Library Exhibit Committee.
Poster illustration from Rosamond Praeger, Further doings of three bold babes (Exhibit Case 3).
For information on other exhibits currently on display eslewhere in the University Libraries, please refer to the Libraries exhibits page.
Robert Creeley Collection
Exhibit to coincide with Medieval Acadamy of America conference, to be held at Notre Dame 12-14 March 2015
Early Modern Germany
Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland
Suggest an Exhibit
Many of the exhibits presented by the Department of Special Collections are produced in collaboration with members of the Notre Dame teaching and research faculty and are scheduled to coincide with significant academic conferences at the University. If you have a suggestion for a future exhibit and/or would like to assist in producing one, please contact Special Collections at 631-0290 or by e-mail.