Now on display through July 31, 2014: our second annual student assistant-curated exhibition.
Last summer we featured From Their Perspective, our first-ever gallery exhibition curated by student assistants working in Archives and Special Collections. It was such a tremendous hit (see our blog posts from last year: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4), we decided to turn the event into an annual series.
From Their Perspective II: Exploring Self Through Postcards
This year we invited student assistants from all the library’s various departments to participate. In addition to the assistants of Archives and Special Collections, our curatorial team includes students from Circulation, Acquisitions and Collection Development, Reference and Instruction, Cataloging, Outreach, and the Digital Library Program.
All in all, eighteen students took a break from their regular work activities to explore historical postcards, the majority of which comes from a single gift -- the vast collection donated by Werner von Boltenstern in 1967. With a worldwide scope, Von Boltenstern’s collection remains one of the largest of its kind in any institution – and our holdings continue to grow! Every year, the library receives postcard donations, both large and small, to add to Archives and Special Collections. Today, the postcard collections number well over a million cards.
The exhibition resulting from our students’ exploration is both personal and engaging – each postcard they’ve selected illuminates an aspect of their own identity. The corresponding captions reveal stories of family heritage, favorite vacation memories, and an enthusiastic engagement with LMU’s Study Abroad program. Together, these stories represent a broad spectrum of cultural diversity and a strong, vibrant spirit. This is an exhibition which celebrates our LMU students as much as our wonderful postcard collections.
Come experience the perfect summer exhibition – it will make you want to travel! We hope you may also feel you’ve come to know our LMU students just a little bit better.
We owe special thanks to freshman graphics design major Katherine Emery, who assisted with the production design of the exhibition.
From Their Perspective II is on display this summer Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, excluding university holidays.
To learn more about the Werner von Boltenstern Postcard Collection and to see some digital images of postcards representing Los Angeles areas, please visit our digital collections and the Online Archive of California.
For any additional information, please contact Archives and Special Collections:
-Cynthia Becht, Head, Archives and Special Collections