Current Exhibition

Textile Messages

November 6, 2015 - January 31, 2016

The exhibition, “Textile Messages: Wesleyan Student Apparel Through the Decades,” has examples of items of apparel that are related to the experience of attending Wesleyan in particular and college in general. Some of these items, such as freshman beanies, are symbols of status (or lack of it), tradition, and loyalty to a class or society. A graduation cap or hood is a tangible representation of scholastic achievement. T-shirts provide space for myriad personal expressions. Almost all of the items in the show were or could have been worn on a day-to-day basis, and those that were not are evocative of key social and academic aspects of student life. University Archivist Leith Johnson curated the exhibition. Sarah Harper ’16 conducted photographic research and Maya Stevens ’17 assisted with exhibit preparation.

The exhibition is on view in the SC&A exhibition cases, 1st floor, east corridor, Olin Library.

Previous Exhibitions

Wes Meets East: From Missionaries to the Freeman Asian Scholars Program

WESU: Celebrating 75 Years of Community Radio

Retracing President Kennedy's Final Journey: Selections from William Manchester's Research Files

John Cage Writes

Saved From Europe: The Kallir Family Collection of Austrian and German Literature

Online Exhibitions

President's Row

Henry Merritt Wriston

Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church: Struggle, Jubilee, Vision

Old Books, New Pedagogy: Special Collections and Archives in the Curriculum

Born in Obscurity, Reared in Strife: A Short History of the Trials, Travels, and Travails of the Douglas Cannon

We are also adding Wesleyan archival documents to The American Context of China's Christian Colleges digital project.