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
Sacred Music at Notre Dame: the Voice of the Text
Opening February 2015
This exhibit will provide an overview of different types of medieval music manuscripts from the late eleventh through fifteenth century, which are currently housed in the Hesburgh Library.
Rare Books & Special Collections
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
The exhibit will be curated by Dr. David T. Gura (RBSC Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Early Imprints & the History of the Book).
RBSC at The Snite
January 18 through March 15, 2015
In conjunction with the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America in March, this exhibition focuses on reassembling a fifteenth-century book of hours that originated in Brittany, France. Of the 91 manuscript pages he has already recovered, David T. Gura, curator of ancient and medieval manuscripts at the University of Notre Dame's Hesburgh Library, selected about 35 of the most compelling examples, offering visitors an opportunity to virtually walk through a medieval prayer book, page by page. The visual appeal of the painted leaves, unusual Breton iconography, evidence of devotional practices, and newly added scientific analysis are sure to intrigue visitors from all walks of life.
O'Shaughnessy Galleries II & III
Snite Museum of Art
Open to the public:
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday
Noon - 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Every third Thursday open until 7:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays and national holidays
This exhibition is organized by Hesburgh Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, in collaboration with the Snite Museum of Art and is presented with support from the Snite General Endowment.
For information on other exhibits currently on display eslewhere in the University Libraries, please refer to the Libraries exhibits page.
Sebastian Brant and The Ship of Fools
January and February 2015
This spotlight exhibit presents a satirical work titled Das Narrenschyff ad Narragoniam published by Sebastian Brant, a German jurist and humanist scholar, in Basel, Switzerland, in 1494. Lampooning and illustrating over 112 follies and vices of humankind, it became an international bestseller of the Renaissance as it was quickly translated into other languages.
On display is Notre Dame's edition of the first Latin translation — done by Jacob Locher, a student and friend of Brant, with the collaboration of the author. This edition, which was printed by Iacobus Zachoni (Jacques Sacon) in Lyon in 1498, misspells the title as Salutifera Navis. Also on display is a modern English translation by William Gillis (London: The Folio Society, 1971), as well as several illustrations reproduced from the Latin text.
For information about previous spotlight exhibits, please refer to the History of Spotlight Exhibits page.
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.