Exhibitions

The Mills College Special Collections Department mounts exhibitions that change three to five times during the course of the year. Exhibitions feature books, archives, and other materials from Special Collections, as well as materials borrowed from others, on occasion. The main cases are located outside the entrance to the Heller Rare Book Room. There is additional exhibit space inside the Heller Rare Book Room.

Please also visit our online exhibitions.

Current Exhibition

May 5–August 15, 2019
Beate Sirota Gordon: The Only Woman in the Room
Selections from the Beate Sirota Gordon Papers; A celebration of the opening of the papers for research, June 2019

Past Exhibitions 

September 23–December 7, 2018
A Passion for the Handmade: the Curatorial and Publishing Work of Linda L. Brownrigg

Winter 2018
Just My Type: Type Specimens from the Special Collections of the F. W. Olin Library

August 28–December 8, 2017
HBC45: The Hand Bookbinders of California Annual Members' Exhibition
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 10, 2017

January 22-May 8, 2017
Listening and Meditation
A tribute to Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) with selections from her archive

September 14-December 11, 2016
Root Connection: 20 Years of The Patti Smith Collection
A collaboration between the Mills College Art Museum & the F. W. Olin Library

Summer 2016
Flora & Fauna: A Summer Miscellany from Special Collections, F. W. Olin Library

March 28-May 31, 2016
Reading The Object: A Decade (or so) of Books By Julie Chen
Artist's Talk & Reception: Sunday, April 10, 2016

February 1-March 17, 2016
Immortal Longing: Selections from the F. W. Olin Library's Special Collections
in Commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare's Death in 1616

November 2-December 17, 2015
A Fair Centennial: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915-2015. Selections from the F. W. Olin Library

Featuring books, archives, ephemera, and memorabilia relating to the 1915 world's fair.

August 31-October 9, 2015
50 and Counting…Susan L. Roth
Susan L. Roth received her B.A. in 1965 and her M.A. in 1968, both from Mills College. She has just completed her 50th book. Her colorful picture books are almost all illustrated with elaborate collages created from a variety of materials. This exhibition featured the published books and original artwork.

April 1-June 30, 2015
Recent Acquisitions
Special Collections, F. W. Olin Library

January 25-March 13, 2015
Copper & Wood: Roi Partridge & Richard Wagener, 100 Years of Printmaking

October 27-December 18, 2014
On These I Stand: An Exhibit of Rare Black Books and Collectibles
Curated by Daphne Muse, writer, social commentator, and collector
Opening Event: November 2, 2014
Conversation and Q&A featuring Ajuan Mance, Mills College professor of English, and DaphneMuse, writer, social commentator, and collector

August 18-October 20, 2014
Paper Trail: Selected Works on Papermaking from the Special Collections of the F. W. Olin
Library
Starting with the work of incomparable paper historian Dard Hunter, this exhibit featured books on a range of topics including Japanese papermaking, the history and techniques of papermaking, paper mills, and commercial paper. Fine press and artists' books on handmade paper were also on display.

April 8-May 30, 2014
Kelsey Street Press 40th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibition
Mills College Contemporary Writers Series:
Kelsey St. Press 40th Anniversary Readings, Talks, and Celebration
April 8, 2014

February 10-March 31, 2014
Picture This: Book Illustration Techniques From the 15th to the 21st Century
This exhibition surveyed printmaking methods used in book illustration with examples from the F. W. Olin Library's Special Collections. Featured books and leaves included woodcuts, copperplate engravings, wood engravings, lithography, photography, digital images, and many other types of techniques.