Current Exhibits in Fondren Library

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


Room 156

"Shepherd School of Music Highlights"  Materials from the Shepherd School of Music records, and various faculty and composer manuscript collections. The exhibit also highlights digitized Shepherd School performances originally recorded in obsolete formats, funded by the Fondren Library, Friends of Fondren Library, and the Rice Historical Society.

1st floor Hobby Information Concourse

 "Crowdsourcing transcription of historical documents"  This exhibit reveals a new software that the Woodson Research Center has been using to help small groups and/or the general public transcribe/translate historical documents such as William Marsh Rice's ledgers and correspondence.

1st floor exhibit cases at front left of Fondren Library

"Remembering “Doc C” through his collection" This exhibit, assembled by Doc C Copy Cataloger, Lauren DuBois, shares highlights that she has discovered while working through the Gilbert Morris Cuthbertson Collection of Rare Books and Manuscripts.
1st floor exhibit cases at front right of Fondren Library "Magrittes's Musical Designs" This exhibit highlights a collection of sheet music with delightful covers that were designed by Rene Magritte and other Belgian artists during the 1920s and 1930s, collected by David Bynog, Head of Acquisitions at Fondren Library.

Inside Woodson Research Center

"Beauty from Above: Book Covers from the Anderson Collection on the History of Aeronautics" This exhibit spotlights some of the beautiful books in the Anderson Collection on the History of Aeronautics.
Flat cases outside WRC "Stewart Alexander Collection: Books and original recordings of trance and physical mediumship" These two exhibit cases showcase items from the newly acquired Stewart Alexander collection, which makes up part of the Archives of the Impossible.

3rd floor Lovett Lounge

(currently empty)

6th floor exhibit cases

"Vera Prasilova Scott Portraiture" A sampling of Prasilova's moody work in the 1930's photographing the Rice community, local families, and visiting luminaries from the Vera Prasilova Scott portraiture collection . An artist, photographer, and sculptor, Prasilova created photographic prints developed using the bromoil and silver gelatin processes.

Rice Memorial Center trophy case 

"Reconstructing lives of people enslaved by the Rice brothers" created by Rice undergraduate student Ben Schachter (Class of 2022) this exhibit explores aspects of the lives of individuals enslaved under William Marsh Rice and Frederick Allyn Rice. The exhibit complements Schachter's research for the Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice.
Single case by 6th floor elevator  "Selections from the Clyde Peterson Houston Chronicle Editorial Cartoons Collection" A few of the colorful editorial cartoons of nationally syndicated artist and graphic designer Clyde Peterson.