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“Assyrians from Persia (Iran) to the United States, 1887-1923: Assyrian Education, American Missionaries, and the Search for a Home” Exhibit

Monday, November 7, 2022 – Friday, December 9, 2022
Exhibit in lobby of Allen Library North Lobby during open hours

Assyrians are the last Aramaic-speaking group Indigenous to a homeland between Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran. Their communities were transformed by missionary education beginning in the 19th century, but documenting this history through Assyrian voices has proven illusive in the wake of their displacement. This exhibit’s unique collection of papers and object from the Lake Urmia region, Iran, documents the life, travels and education of one Assyrian-Iranian family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“Invisible Cities” Exhibit

Broken Columns
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 – Saturday, March 18, 2023
Allen Library South Basement, Special Collections Lobby during open hours

“The city is redundant: it repeats itself so that something will stick in the mind. Memory is redundant: it repeats signs so that the city can begin to exist.” Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

The University of Washington Libraries Special Collections invites you to view our exhibit Invisible Cities: The Prints of Giovanni Battista Piranesi and the Art of the Built Environment. In the exhibit, you will see a selection of the library’s extensive collection of Piranesi prints accompanied by archival drawings and current student and faculty work in the College of Built Environments. We will be exploring themes of cultural memory and art in the depictions of inhabited spaces and invisible environments in the practice of recording, learning, and remembering. Come and see this history unfold.

History of Costume Exhibit

Broken Columns

Monday, September 26, 2022 – Friday, August 18, 2023

Allen Library South basement, Special Collections lobby during open hours.

This free exhibit, which will be updated each quarter, features a selection of costumes and print materials from UW Libraries Special Collections’ extensive costume, clothing and textile collection, highlighting the contributions of Costume Historian Blanche Payne. Payne’s textbook, A History of Costume, describes the evolution of fashion from 3000 BC to 1900. Manuscripts relating to the Eastern European costume, including her travel journal through the Balkan countries and notes for her book, are available to researchers through the University Archives.

Clothing and textiles reflect the materials and technologies available in different civilizations at different times and, as such, can reveal social customs and culture. From classical to contemporary designs, the collection in this exhibit demonstrates the creativity, skill and social customs that impacted clothing and textiles over the course of history.

See a sample from the digital collection

Learn more about this collection

#IHEARTUWLibraries Video Contest Winners!

Long Form (45-60 seconds)

2022 Student Video Contest

1st PlaceA Husky Point of View” by Phuong (Jolie) Tran

2nd PlaceThe Magic of UW Libraries” by Emily Ann Riehl

3rd Place Last Day” by Sophia Dowling

Short Form (15-30 seconds)

1st Place “Things in Suzzallo Library that just make sense” by Madeline Brown

2nd Place “Study with me” by Rachelle Lui

3rd Place “Classy” by Lakshin Kumar