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 December 2019.

1st floor Hobby Information Concourse

"Women of Rice: Alumnae, Here and Beyond." Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. On display through January 2020.

1st floor exhibit cases at front of Fondren Library

"LGBTQ+ at Rice and HTX," Courtesy of Woodson Research Center. On display through December 2019.

Inside Woodson Research Center

Weird and Wonderful: Oddities from Our University Archives - This exhibit places a spotlight on some of the stranger items from our university archives like our favorite the fighting owls toilet seat and Rice-themed Monopoly. On display though September 2019.

3rd floor Lovett Lounge

"1619"  - Recognizing the 400 year anniversary of the first slaves landing on U.S. soil, the 1619 exhibit focuses on Woodson materials that document this brutal history. Items include rare books like an early first edition of Solomon Northrup's 12 Years a Slave, a Confederate propaganda spelling book, and the second Dublin edition of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Other items include bills of sale, a log book, and the research notes of Rice professor Andrew Forest Muir, which document rules pertaining to pre-Civil War "Negro dances" in Houston, rumors of slaves running away to Mexico, and a will written by a slave owner that bequeaths his slave and her daughter freedom and a parcel of land. On display though December 2019.

6th floor exhibit cases

The Bold & the Beautiful: College T-shirts, 1960s-2010s. On display through November 2019.

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 December 2019.