Exhibit Subject Areas
- Children’s Books
- International Relations
- Latin America
- Los Angeles
- Medicine and Natural History
- Medieval Manuscripts
The UCLA Library Special Collections Flash Exhibit Program features in-house exhibits that are typically on display for less than two weeks. Please see our Flash Exhibits Research Guide to see documentation of our current and past flash exhibits.
- Portrait of a Jewish Artist: R.B. Kitaj in Text and Image, January - April 2008. Held in conjunction with the Skirball Cultural Center's R.B. Kitaj: Passion and Memory.
- SOCALled Books: Diversity in Artists' Books from Southern California, July - September 2002
- A Letter from the Renaissance: The Double Soul, Ariel Soulé/Simon Toparovsky, a contemporary art installation for UCLA Library Special Collections, August - December 2010
- Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891 - in collaboration with the Fowler Museum
- Picturing Childhood : Illustrated children's books from University of California collections, 1550-1990, April - June 1997
- The Dutch Golden Age, undated.
- Chic is where you find it: Selections from the Bonnie Cashin Collection of Theater, Film, and Fashion Design, January-May 2004
- Am I Here? Place, Identity, and The Armenian Genocide - April 2015
- A Centenary Celebration of Ralph J. Bunche, January-March 2004
- Rio de Janiero: Two Centuries of Urban Change (1808-2008), January - June 2009
- John Fante: A Life in the Works See the UCLA Library Special Collections blog to view photographs and video of the Bonnie Cashin lecture presented by Fante's biographer, Stephen Cooper.
- One Person's Truth: The Life and Work of Paul Monette (1945-1995), October-November 2005
- How Shall a Generation Know its Story: The Edgar Bowers Conference and Exhibition, April-June 2003
- The Susan Sontag Archive at the UCLA Library, May 2002
- William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg: a select bibliography of works in the UCLA University Library, from The Kurtzman Collection, displayed in the UCLA Department of Special Collections, February 1998.
- The Sleepy Lagoon Case: Constitutional Rights and the Struggle for Democracy, May-September 2005
- Antikamnia Calendar The Antikamnia (Opposed to Pain) Chemical Company of St. Louis, Missouri produced several calendars illustrated with Skeleton Sketches -- bizarre series based on the skull-obsessed watercolors of local physician artist Louis Crucius. The calendar for 1900 matches 2007's day-for-day. Recently-acquired copies of the English- and French-language versions were scanned and are available here as PDFs and JPEGs. 1900 = 2007
- More Baby Books than You Can Shake a Rattle At - Books about babies, not for them, this is a collection of nineteenth-to-twenty-first-century baby books - that is, memory books in which parents could record a child's activities and developmental milestones and which provided a place to gather photographs, locks of hair, and other mementos.
- Bloodletting For many centuries, blood-letting was considered a tried and true remedy for certain conditions. It was recommended for fevers, inflammations, a variety of disease conditions and [ironically] for hemorrhage.
John J. Bonica, 1917-1994 - Virtual Archives
Dr. John J. Bonica was a pioneer in the field of pain research. He initiated an interdisciplinary approach to pain management as early as 1950 and was primarily responsible for the foundation of the International Association for the Study of Pain and authorship of the premier textbook on the subject, The Management of Pain. He was both a clinical and a teaching anesthesiologist in the U. S. Army, at Tacoma General Hospital in Washington state, and at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he founded the world's first multidisciplinary pain control clinic. In addition, Dr. Bonica was a sought-after speaker, visiting professor, and author (not to mention former light heavyweight wrestling champion of the world).
- The Index of Medieval Medical Images (IMMI) The Index of Medieval Medical Images project began in 1988 and aimed to describe and index the content of all medieval manuscript images (up to the year 1500) with medical components held in North American collections. The goal of this 2001 pilot project was to make the descriptions and the images available via a searchable database on the Web.
- IASP Online Archives Featuring excerpts from Pain: A Universal Problem and an International Field, an exhibition for the 9th World Congress on Pain (Vienna, 1999) to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
- The Relief of Pain & Suffering The exhibit was prepared in conjunction with the Symposium: Pain and Suffering in History–Narrative Science, Medicine and Culture, which took place 13-14 March 1998. The exhibits focuses on history of the alleviation of pain and the history of pain research and modern pain treatment. The symposium and the exhibit mark the official dedication of the John C. Liebeskind History of Pain Collection at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA.
- Smallpox: A Brief History of Inoculation, Vaccination, and Eradication In honor of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of vaccination against smallpox by William Jenner, and the 20th anniversary of the eradication of the disease.
- Spices - Exotic Flavors and Medicines is an online exhibit exploring the history of spices from their earliest uses to current research. Through text and image, the topic is explored indepth. Irwin Ziment, Profesor Emeritus of Clinical Medicine, UCLA, researched and wrote the narrative in conjunction with the History & Special Collections Division.
- The Orsini: A Roman Baronial Family in Context, January - March 2007
- Medieval Manuscripts from the Collection of Richard and Mary Rouse, September - December 2003, and October 1-7, 2007
- A Curious Variety of Mazes and Meanders: The Voyages of Captain James Cook in the Global Eighteenth Century, November 1999 - March 2000
- Wilder Shores: Lady Travelers of the 18th and 19th Centuries, January-May 2005
- Not Tantamount to Rarity: Fifty Years of Collecting, An exhibit celebrating a half century of Special Collections at the UCLA Library, April - June 2000