Browse Exhibits (9 total)

Celebrating the Centenary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment: Items from the CWSA Collection and the Connecticut College Archives


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, the Shain Library held an exhibit in fall of 2020 featuring materials from the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association collection as well as items from the College Archives portraying student activities around the struggle to achieve suffrage and members of the College community who were active in the movement and the years after its success.

Cuala Press Broadsides


The Cuala Press was founded in the early 20th century as the Dun Emer Press, part of Dun Emer Industries which sought "to find work for Irish hands in the making of beautiful things," namely embroidery, weaving, and hand-press printing. Inspired in part by the fine printing movement in England as exemplified by the Kelmscott Press, the press strived to teach Irish girls the handicraft of producing exquisite books. It was operated by Elizabeth C. Yeats working with her brothers William B. and Jack B. Yeats as the press's editor and artist respectively. 

In 1908 the Dun Emer Press began producing a series of monthly broadsides. After the first issue, the press changed its name to the Cuala Press and continued the broadside series for seven years. The broadsides featured works of poetry, signed, unsigned, and pseudonymous, and hand-colored woodcut illustrations. Each issue was limited to 300 copies. 

The poetry in the broadsides covers a wide range of topics. Some praise fighters for Irish independence going back to the 18th century. Others laud early Irish mythic or historic figures. Some cover famous sporting events, especially boxing. Others trace the successes and failures of emigrants to America. As a whole, they bear powerful witness to the rebirth of national identity in the years leading up to the reestablishment of home rule in Ireland.

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Journal of a Voyage from New York to Hong Kong, Cornelius B. Gold, 1861-1863

Welcome, and follow Cornelius B. Gold on his journey from New York to Hong Kong and back in 1861-1863. Denied entry into the Union Army during the Civil War due to his health, Gold signed on the merchant ship Oriental in December 1861, hoping a voyage at sea would strengthen his condition and prepare him for military service upon his return. Gold documented his experiences and cultural encounters as he sailed across the globe.

Students in Connecticut College's History/East Asian Studies course, "Empire and Expansion in East Asia, 1840-1950s," created and published the digital exhibition of this 63-page journal, including transcriptions, select annotations, and research into aspects of East-West relations in the 19th century.

Bon voyage!

Linda Lee Abel Digital Scrapbook

Linda Lee Abel is a graduate of the Connecticut College Class of 1969.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the college in June of 1969. Before attending Connecticut College, she resided with her family in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, where she attended North Attleboro High. During her undergraduate years at Connecticut College (1965-1969) she majored in Zoology. She achieved high academic status throughout her years at Connecticut College and was the recipient of The E. Frances Botsford Prize in Zoology in May of 1969. During her time at the college, Linda served as a Library Representative, a student officer position, and was also involved with the college radio station WCNI.

While Linda attended Connecticut College (Sept. 1965 - June 1969) it was a women’s college, hence the college's former name Connecticut College for Women.  In September of 1969, Connecticut College became coeducational, a decision by college President at the time Charles E. Shain.  Even though the college institued this change a semester after Linda graduated, debates on whether or not Connecticut College and other academic institutions should become coeducational were taking place during Linda's undergraduate years. Therefore, coeducation at Connecticut College and other academic institutions, such as Yale, Vassar and Wesleyan are prominent subjects in the scrapbook.

Linda's scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, college event programs and tickets, theater pamphlets, stickers, pins, personal letters, drawings, cards and many assorted pieces of ephemera and memorabilia related to the social and educational environment of Connecticut College during the years 1965-1969.  

- The scrapbook has been digitized for this online exhibit, but is available for viewing in the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, located in the Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut College.

New London Postcards

This digital exhibition presents images of New London, Connecticut, postcards from the first few decades of the twentieth century. Postcards can tell us quite a bit about a time and a place, well beyond the depiction of familiar buildings and landmarks. They can tell us about neighborhoods and streets that were considered important; they can show some of the changes that occurred in those places over time. Postcards can also show some of their advantages and limitations as a form of communication, and even provide clues about the history of printing and publishing. Our digital exhibit helps users learn about all these things as they look at pictures of the area's lighthouses, historical and municipal buildings, churches, neighborhoods, streets, hotels and military installations. An eye for detail — as well as perusal of the descriptive information that's included — can illuminate many other elements, including historical information about dress, transportation and architecture; the kinds of things poeple wrote to each other via postcard during the early twentieth century; the places to and from which New Londoners were communicating; and the key publishers of the day. Whatever your purpose for viewing these postcards — be it scholarly research or personal enjoyment, or somehwere in between — we hope that doing so is a productive endeavor. Click the links on the righthand side of this page to get started.

New London Time Capsule

Time Capsule New London 

The historic New London City Hall building (built in 1856 and renovated in 1912) is currently slated to undergo a major renovation. In the Fall of 2018 and the Spring of 2019, two Connecticut College seminars worked on the development and public presentation of the proposed contents and design of the New London City Hall time capsule. Students explored historical objects and documents held in various New London public collections like the New London Historical Society, New London Landmarks, the New London Custom House Maritime Museum and Connecticut College's Linda Lear Center for Special Collections.

In collaboration with the New London city government, the fall seminar prepared a proposal for the contents and design of a time capsule to be placed within the building during construction. Building on the work of a fall 2018 seminar, which explored New London’s history and present to formulate a time capsule proposal, students in the Spring 2019 seminar prepared an exhibition to be hosted at Charles E. Shain Library, with a linked exhibition website.

We would like to thank Tom Bombria, Community & Economic Development Project Coordinator, City of New London, for his championship of the project. Many thanks to the institutions and individuals who have permitted the reproduction of images, credited in the Source line of individual entries.

Passion for Fantasy Animals in Late Victorian Children's Books & Beyond


In summer of 2017, Connecticut College mounted an exhibition following the development and use of animals in human form in children's literature from the mid-19th century through the end of the 20th century. This exhibition was drawn from the Gildersleeve Collection of Children’s Literature and from the Linda Lear Collection of Beatrix Potter as well as from several items loaned by private collectors. “The Passion for Fantasy: Animals in Victorian Children’s Literature and Beyond” used all three floors of the Charles E. Shain Library. On the first floor, some of the earliest animals in humanized form in children’s literature were shown, including the artists who most influenced Beatrix Potter: Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, and the various illustrators who brought Joel Chandler Harris’s characters to life. The second floor held Beatrix Potter’s own illustrations, including some rarities prior to the publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and some of her original letters and watercolor illustrations. The display cases on the third floor featured illustrations of rabbits in children’s literature since Beatrix Potter, some of which were clearly influenced by her work and some which charted their own path. This digital exhibit reproduces nearly all of the work mounted that summer.

The American Women's History Collection at Connecticut College

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The American Women’s History Collection at Connecticut College began in the early 1940s, under the direction of librarian, Hazel Johnson, and professor of history, Chester Destler, with the support of the President of Connecticut College, Dorothy Schaffter.  Their efforts resulted in obtaining original materials of notable American women such as Belle Moskowitz, Frances Perkins, Prudence Crandall, Alice Hamilton, Roberta Bitgood, Anna Hempstead Branch, Mary Jobe Akeley, Lillian Wald, and Mary Morrison.  A significant addition to this collection were materials from the World Center for Women’s Archives founded by Mary Ritter Beard.  More recent additions include the Linda Lear Rachel Carson collection and the Jewel Plummer Cobb Collection. 

The Crepe Paper Books of Takejiro Hasegawa

Welcome to an exhibition of Takejiro Hasegawa’s “Japanese Fairy Tale Series.” Takejiro Hasegawa (1853-1938) was a Japanese printer who published translations of the tales with woodblock illustrations. This exhibit was created by Connecticut College’s Freshman Seminar 174D, “Butterflies and Barbarians: Representing ‘East’ and ‘West’ in Popular Culture.” It will showcase images from these books and provide additional information about his publications and translations. This exhibit includes ten of the twenty-five fairy tales in Hasegawa’s first series, published in English from 1885 to 1903.