Exhibits & Galleries

Special Collections Exhibits at Western Libraries

View of the two display cases in full (Case 05 and 06)
Books are not just about texts. They are also about art and design. Studying them in their original "packaging" can help us better understand how people communicated whether verbally or visually, in times gone by.  Book bindings are one of the many channels through which books have... more
Display by: Michael Taylor, Special Collections Librarian
Display Date: 4/06/2018
Special Collections Case 05
Paul and Mary Ann Ford Fly Fishing Collection corner photo
This year Paul and Mary Ann Ford have chosen to focus their gift on Dana S. Lamb (1899-1986). Lamb was a socially prominent mid-twentieth century sports writer, whose work included many angling stories. Professionally he was a successful investment banker, but his passion was the outdoors. He... more
Display by: Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager
Display Date: 6/12/2019
Special Collections Case 07
Image of display case featuring Ford books with an emphasis on bibliographies
For those times that the avid fly fisher is not on the water, here are some treasures to guide their reading, or fuel their reflection -- all donated by Paul and Mary Ann Ford. Featured books include bibliographies and auction catalogs as well as a "coffee table" style book featuring the... more
Display by: Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager
Display Date: 6/13/2019
Special Collections Case 08
Image of display cases 09 and 10
These display cases feature more of the Nineteenth Century Publishers' Bindings as found in display cases 05 and 06, these with a fly fishing bent. As noted, books are not just about texts. There are also about art and design. Studying them in their "original" packaging can help us... more
Display by: Michael Taylor, Special Collections Librarian
Display Date: 4/06/2018
Special Collections Case 09
Image of entry to exhibit area in Special Collections.
Ten pastel and two pen and ink drawings of trout and salmon by the acclaimed illustrator and artist Tommy Brayshaw are the featured portion of this exhibit. As an angler, artist and conservationist, Brayshaw was trained as a draftsman in his native Yorkshire, England and emigrated to... more
Display by: Michael Taylor, Special Collections Librarian and Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager
Display Date: 7/23/2019
Special Collections Gallery