Proposing Future Exhibitions

Exhibition Program Mission

In support of the University of Chicago Library's mission to support research and teaching, the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center’s exhibition program seeks to:

  • Increase the visibility of the Library's collections
  • Present results of original research in the Library
  • Recognize recent acquisitions and significant gifts to the Library
  • Develop collaborations between the Library and other units of the University

The Special Collections exhibition schedule is typically planned 24 months in advance. Proposals for future exhibitions are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Preference is given to exhibition proposals supporting research and teaching based on original materials in Special Collections and in the Library. Special Collections generally does not host traveling exhibitions.

Suggestions for Future Exhibitions

Special Collections is interested to receive suggestions for future exhibitions. Please contact Patti Gibbons, Head of Collection Management, Special Collections ( and provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Department or program
  • Topic for the proposed exhibit
  • Brief description of themes in the exhibit
  • Examples of books, manuscripts, or other original materials that might be displayed in the exhibit

Development of Exhibition Proposal

After an initial discussion of the exhibition idea, a more detailed exhibition proposal is submitted. This proposal document outlines the main categories of information that are needed in order to evaluate the suggested exhibition and determine whether it can be included.


If there are questions about the Special Collections exhibition program or the proposal process, please contact:

Patti Gibbons

Head of Collection Management
Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center