Exhibits & Galleries

Past Special Collections Exhibits at Western Libraries


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Images From The Water
This display features 12 of the 30 new titles that were added to The Paul and Mary Ann Ford Fly Fishing Collection in 2011. Highlights include artists such as Eldridge Hardie, Winslow Homer and William J. Schaldach; fine fly tyers including Poul Jorgensen; and exemplary book art in several fine... more
Display by: Tamara Belts
Display Date: 10/20/2011
Jack C. Hutchinson Memorial Fund
The Jack C. Hutchinson Memorial Fund provides for the ongoing purchases of materials The Fly Fishing Collection in areas of particular interest to Jack, including bamboo rod building, aquatic entomology, fly tying, fly-making materials, and angling history, particularly the British roots. Featured... more
Display by: Tamara Belts
Display Date: 11/14/2011
James Leslie Hildebrand 1
James Leslie Hildebrand was born October 24, 1916 in Vernon, Texas. He received a B.A. in 1938 from North Texas State University and an M.A. in 1940. He taught at Denton Junior High School (1938-39), Denton Senior High School (1939-40) and was an instructor at the University of Washington from 1949... more
Display by: Tamara Belts
Display Date: 4/15/2013
Photo of books donated by Paul and Mary Ann Ford.
Perfect for spring, the theme of this year's collection of books donated by Paul and Mary Ann Ford is, Just for Fun!  It represents different ways of thinking about fly fishing from the philosophical to the lighthearted and everything in between. On display are the colorful trade editions with... more
Display by: Tamara Belts
Display Date: 3/23/2018
Leaving a Trace
With the current exhibit, Western Tableaux: Redux, focusing on Western's history, this display emphasizes the individual, those who have left a "trace."  Highlights include: a 1903 diploma awarded to Esther Wallace; a class pin from 1906 (provenance unknown); a dance card to a formal... more
Display by: Tamara Belts
Display Date: 7/26/2017
Limited Editions & Special Printings - Part One
It is readily assumed that the content of a book (fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, etc.) can be art. What is not always considered is that the book itself can be a work of art. The Fly Fishing books gathered in this display fit this criteria. The boxes, paper, font, ink, artwork and design are... more
Display by: Paul Piper
Display Date: 6/01/2015
Limited Editions & Special Printings - Part Two
It is readily assumed that the content of a book (fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, etc.) can be art. What is not always considered is that the book itself can be a work of art. The Fly Fishing books gathered here fit this criteria. The boxes, paper, font, ink, artwork and design are carefully chosen... more
Display by: Paul Piper
Display Date: 6/01/2015
Loving Learning: Campus School at Western
Western was founded as a teacher training institute opening its doors in September 1899. Integral to teaching teachers was having elementary school students to teach. Thus a model grade school on campus began at the same time and lasted through the spring of 1967. Featured here are photos and... more
Display by: Tamara Belts
Display Date: 4/15/2013
Mathes Reading Figurines
One of the treasures of Special Collections are the Mathes Reading Figurine Collection. Featured here are just two from the current display. Enjoy!
Display by: Tamara Belts
Display Date: 11/14/2011
May the River Never Sleep and Other River Reads
An eclectic collection of books from The Fly Fishing Collection are featured here. Roderick Haig-Brown's Fisherman's Seasons (Fisherman's Fall, Fisherman's Winter, Fisherman's Spring, and Fisherman's Summer, and others, along with a book by his father, Alan Roderick Haig-Brown, My Game Book and a... more
Display by: Tamara Belts
Display Date: 7/24/2014

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