Current Exhibits in Fondren Library

While visiting Fondren Library, be sure to check out our rotating exhibits.


Kelley Center, Fondren Library Basement

Exhibits featuring the constitutional voting rights in America. On display through October 17, 2019:

  • Who gets the right to vote and when?
  • What does the U.S. Constitution say about voting?
  • How does a bill become law in U.S.?

'[T]he vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.' -- President Lyndon B. Johnson, at the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Room 156

"Game Plan: Rice Football highlights over the years." Courtesy of Woodson Research Center. On display through March 2020.

1st floor Hobby Information Concourse

Robert Flatt photographs featuring local hummingbirds, in honor of Parkinsons Disease research.

1st floor exhibit cases at front of Fondren Library

"Let's hear it for the Vote! 100 years of activism" recognizes the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, confirming the right to vote for women. The exhibit includes materials from WRC collections of women who used their right to vote as leaders in Houston and the broader national community, working as activists for women's rights, civil rights for people of color, rights for the LGBTQ community, improved education and heath care, and many other issues.

Inside Woodson Research Center

"Carroll Blue: Visionary Artist and Native Houstonian, 1943-2019" features Blue's career in photography, filmmaking, community art, and art research. Blue's work focused on African American culture and community. At the time of her death, Blue was exploring the career of Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, as a key example of the shift toward GlobalArt alongside Western Art. Blue served as an advisor and point person to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston on the inclusion of Anatsui’s large scale sculpture in the new MFAH Nancy and Rice Kinder building.
Flat cases outside WRC “Tradition: A Game of Jewish Facts, Trivia, & Humor” features materials from the Traditions Board Game collection in the WRC. Traditions was a “Jewish version of Trivial Pursuit” created in the 1980s by three Houston women. The game was wildly popular when it was released and sold all over the country. The exhibit includes both the adult and children’s versions of the game, a scrapbook, photographs, and a prototype of the original board.

3rd floor Lovett Lounge

"Stolen and Confiscated: Items from our Animal print and thefts collection": The exhibit provides background on Stephen Blumberg's crime of defacing and stealing rare books, as well as the work that Fondren Librarians did to track what he stole from our collection. There are a large number of stolen plates on display from the Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London and Ibis, the Journal of the British Ornithologists' Union, which investigators found in Blumberg's home.

6th floor exhibit cases

“Architects @ Rice” offers a sampling of drawings, photographs, publications, and models from WRC architecture collections. The exhibit includes materials from Thomas R. Wilson, Lars Lerup, William Cannady, and Ruth Young McGonigle – the first woman to graduate from Rice with a B.S. in Architecture (1924).

Rice Memorial Center trophy case and just outside Woodson Research Center

"Bagels and BBQ: Houston Jewish History Archives at the Fondren Library, Woodson Research Center." The exhibit at the RMC gives visitors a glimpse into the Houston Jewish History Archive (HJHA) at the Woodson Research Center through photos, textiles, correspondence and more. See the companion exhibit in Fondren Library featuring the Jewish trivia game, "Tradition." On display through March 2020.

Coming in March - US Census information prepared by Fondren Library Government Publications

Single case by 6th floor elevator  "Visualizing The Red Book of Houston": This Fondren Fellows funded project intends to provide a spatial history of middle class African-American life in Houston during the early 20th century. Items in the exhibit provide examples of spreadsheets that have been created based on data from the book.