Mortimer Rare Book Room Exhibitions

Exhibitions in the Library

Exhibitions of manuscripts, rare books, and contemporary book arts are shown in three places in Neilson Library: in the Morgan Gallery on the main floor, in the Book Arts Gallery on the third floor, and in the Mortimer Rare Book Room vestibule.

Fall 2015

The Artistry of Daniel E. Kelm

October 1 - December 15, 2015
Mortimer Rare Book Room (Neilson Library, Level 3)

An exhibition curated by Jessica Ryan, class of 2017 accompanying the 2015 McGrath Lecture in Contemporary Book Arts.

2015 McGrath Lecture: Getting Physical: the Significance of Making Books by Hand
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 4 pm, Neilson Library Browsing Room. Reception to follow in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson Library, 3rd floor)

Daniel E. Kelm is a book artist who is known for his innovative structures and extensive knowledge of materials. Kelm enjoys expanding the concept of the book. He invented a style of bookbinding called “wire edge binding” in the mid-1980s in order to explore the nature of the book as articulated sculpture. Read more...

Daniel E. Kelm peering through one of his wire edge models, Metamorphic Book. Photo credit: Joy Stein

Marion Dodd and The Hampshire Bookshop

September 2015-February 29, 2016
Book Arts Gallery (Neilson Library, level 3)

Curated by Barbara B. Blumenthal, Rare Book specialist, Mortimer Rare Book Room

This remarkable bookshop was established by two Smith College alumnae: Marion E. Dodd, class of 1906, and Mary Byers Smith, class of 1908. It was one of the first bookselling firms in the U.S. to be founded, owned, and managed by women, many of them also Smith alumnae. It served as a bookstore both for the College and for the wider community, offering trade and University Press books, textbooks, children’s stories and toys, gifts, stationery, author readings and book-signings, and a welcoming and intelligent atmosphere. The Bookshop was a vital part of Northampton and New England for fifty-five years, closing its doors in 1971. Read more...

Arctic Landscape by Barry Moser
The Hampshire Bookshop storefront,
8 Crafts Avenue, Northampton MA.
Drawing by Hester R. Hoffman

See also Past Exhibitions.