Past Exhibits

We create a variety of exhibits throughout the year. Some are short-term and highlight current events; others are more expansive and emphasize the primary source materials held in our Special Collections. Explore what we've done in the past.

UTA Pride Month book display and artwork

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UTA Pride Month

Our exhibits for UTA Pride Month 2019 included a painting on the foyer glass wall and a book display in the Central Library. In the branch libraries was a poster asking, "What Does Pride Mean to You?", with post-its and pens for answering the question.

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Shorthorn exhibit in Special Collections

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The Story of the Century: 100 Years of The Shorthorn

We explored the headlines that make up UT Arlington’s history during The Central Library’s spring 2019 exhibit. Visitors delved into how The Shorthorn, UT Arlington’s campus newspaper, has covered the news and events that have shaped what UT Arlington is today. Visitors experienced…

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Banned Books Week 2019 Display

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Banned Books Week

Visitors selected a banned book to read from our display on the first floor of the Central Library and set fire to censorship.

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poster and books for Constitution Day

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Constitution Day

Visitors celebrated Constitution Day by viewing our selection of unique government documents and picking up a free pocket version of the U.S. Constitution.

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Map of the United States and Mexico

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Paths To Highways: Routes Of Exploration, Commerce, And Settlement

One of many important functions of maps can be the depiction of paths, trails, routes, roads, and highways. Trails may appear bold or almost invisible, depending upon whether the cartographer’s aim for such depictions is primary, secondary, or even just an afterthought. The study of how trails…

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Walking The Line: The Diverse History Of Organized Labor In Texas

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Walking The Line: The Diverse History Of Organized Labor In Texas

The University of Texas at Arlington Labor Archives, housed in Special Collections, contain archival material from hundreds of union locals and labor councils, statewide labor organizations, union political groups, district and regional offices of international unions, and legal firms…

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Hidden Histories - A Black History Month Exhibit

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Hidden Histories - A Black History Month Exhibit

In honor of Black History Month 2017, the UTA Libraries presented "Hidden Histories," an exhibit celebrating Black Americans who have made significant contributions to society, but are often missing from general history.

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To athletes racing on track in wheelchairs

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Building A Barrier-Free Campus

Both a physical and digital exhibit, “Building a Barrier-Free Campus” explores how UTA began to become a model accessible campus for students with disabilities starting in the mid-1960s—a time when disabled students had no right to attend K-12 schools or college. The exhibit covers:

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Academic Evolution: The University Of Texas At Arlington

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Academic Evolution: The University Of Texas At Arlington

Arlington College opened its doors to 75 students in 1895.  Today, that number will not even fill a large lecture hall on the University of Texas at Arlington campus. From land expansion to structural development, student population growth, and academic advancement, UTA has survived eight name…

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volleyball players in action

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"Score!" - Exhibit Showcases UTA Athletics

UTA athletics were spotlighted in the exhibit, “Score!”

Using UTA Libraries Special Collections photos, the exhibit showed the early days of baseball, basketball, and track on campus; briefly looked at the end of Maverick football; and noted the many Olympians and Paralympians from UTA.…

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Freedom Then, Now, And Looking Forward

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Freedom Then, Now, And Looking Forward

This book display on the first floor of the Central Library celebrated 2016 Black History month. It took a look at civil rights and social reform of the past and present, as well as plans for the future.

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Ringside: Memories Of World Class Championship Wrestling

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Ringside: Memories Of World Class Championship Wrestling

By day they are factory workers, retail clerks, stay-at-home mothers, and students. But once a week, enveloped in a funk of cigarettes, spilled beer, and french fries, they become a crush of thousands screaming for blood and cheering for Texas and the American Way. It’s Monday night in Fort…

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