Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler
Exhibits Director
George A. Smathers Libraries
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
Email: l.s.wheeler@ufl.edu

Online Exhibits


40 years 40 objects The Price Library of Judaica

40 years 40 objects The Price Library of Judaica

This exhibition celebrates forty years of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida by showcasing forty of its special items. A sample of the many riches within, it includes printed books from the 15th – 20th centuries, unique scrolls, manuscripts, and works of art. As well as periodicals, a map, cookbook, rare children’s book, musical score, and other distinctive items that capture moments of Jewish history in various unexpected ways.

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The Haitian American Dream

Haitian Flag

The Haitian American Dream examines the events and the forgotten stories of Haitian immigrants in the United States. In so doing, it explains the reasons behind the different waves of Haitian migration, its ongoing impacts, and upheavals.

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The Plaza of the Americas a place for...

A large crowd wearing white sitting on the Plaza of the America during a Vietnam War protest in 1972

How many events have taken place on the Plaza of the Americas that have shaped our community? Some have been largely attended and publicized, while others quietly affect our lives. Look back at some of the moments when University of Florida students have used the Plaza as a place to speak out and facilitate social change at UF and beyond.

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Are We Next? Fear and Social Roles in WWII

Soldiers in the Panama Canal with large gun during World War II

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, war saturated everyday life in the Panama Canal Zone. Many were surprised that Pearl Harbor was attacked before the Canal, yet it made potential threats even more a reality. Fear shaped expectations of what it meant to be a patriot; be it a soldier, a civilian, a person of color, or a gendered ideal.

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John David Ridge: A Life in Costume

Costume sketch by John David Ridge for 2016 My Fair Lady

John David Ridge (1945 – ) has worked as a costume designer, costume maker, and costume supervisor on stage, film, and television. See highlights from his career including work with The Joffrey Ballet, Halston, and Julie Andrews, as well as costume design for the Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007).

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Black Thursday UF's Black Campus Movement

Black students prepare to enter Tigert Hall

On April 15, 1971, the UF Black Student Union (BSU) organized a sit-in at Tigert Hall. Seventy students marched into President Stephen O’Connell’s office with a list of demands.Black Thursday UF’s Black Campus Movement honors those Black students who were at the forefront of social and racial justice activism at UF and the United States.

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Operation Just Cause

Military personnel hover around a map

In 1989, the United States invaded Panama in an effort to oust and capture General Manuel Noriega. This series of photographs captures the planning and post-operation effects of Operation Just Cause.

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Documenting Presence: Panama Canal Portraits 1909-1955

Portrait of Couple during Panama Canal Construction

Photographers have taken thousands of images documenting visitors and laborers in the Panama Canal. More often than not their vantage point captures the subject and the impressive size and vast landscape of the Canal. Today the equipment is smaller and the photographs shared more broadly, yet these early glimpses have created a lasting image of an incredible feat.

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Pioneering Bilingualism | Bilingüismo Pionero

Coral Way Elementary Bilingual class in the 1960s

Pioneering Bilingualism | Bilingüismo Pionero is a bilingual exhibit celebrating the story of Coral Way Elementary. In 1963, Miami, Florida's Spanish-speaking immigrant community was growing. In response, Coral Way Elementary became the first publicly-funded dual language two-way immersion program in the United States.

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Photo Reporter: The Martin Harris Collection

Martin Harris with a camera

Photo Reporter highlights the career of photographer Martin Harris. From the 1930s - 1960s, he recorded Depression-era labor unrest for PM New York, the horrors of World War II for Stars and Stripes and celebrities for Collier's Magazine, Life Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post.

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An American Canal in Panama

Group of people at demonstration to save the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal and its surroundings were historically the source of tension between the United States and Panama. This exhibit looks at the sources of tension and examines events that led to the transfer of the Canal in 1999.

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Black Educators: Florida's Secret Social Justice Advocates 1920-1960

Drawn rendering from photograph of Lincoln Hign School's first graduating class

Black Educators: Florida's Secret Social Justice Advocates celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Desegregation at the University of Florida by showcasing the role of Black educators in the 40 years before the Civil Rights Movement.

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Racism, Representation, and Resistance in Children’s Literature 1800 – 2015

Tree illustration

Racism, Representation, and Resistance explores the long history of racism in children’s literature by examining the dehumanization and colonization of people of color, primarily Africans and African Americans. It also explores how self-representational children’s books by African American authors resisted and subverted racist ideologies.

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Served in the Zone

woman shopping in Canal Zone commissary with baby in shopping cart

An exhibition of food and community identity during the American Era of the Panama Canal Zone. Served in the Zone features photographs, artifacts, and ephemera paired with memories from former Canal Zone residents to illustrate their impact.

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The Expression and Legacy of Landownership in Mexico

detail of map

The Expression and Legacy of Landownership in Mexico explores documents and maps from the Luis Pimentel Collection. The collection, shows transactions of ownership and management of sugar mills in Mexico in the state of Morelos, and in other haciendas in the state of Puebla from the 16th to the 20th century.

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Science is the Religion of Our Time: Einstein in Japan

Portrait of Albert Einstein

An exhibition of materials related to Albert Einstein's 1922 trip to Japan.

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African American Agricultural Extension Agents in Florida

group photo of African American Extension Agents

This exhibit celebrates the contributions made by African American extension agents throughout Florida.

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Camping in the Jungle: Scouting Stories from the Panama Canal Zone

group pphoto of boy scouts

An exhibition that explores the role of scouting in the lives of Panama Canal Zone residents as told in their own words.

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The Cuban American Dream: A Timeline

airplane silhouette

A timeline of events that explore the reasons behind the immigration of Cubans to Florida from the 16th to the 21st century, the pressure that such immigration brought to local and state governments, the reactions of Floridian communities to Cuban immigrants, the ways in which Cuban immigrants adapted to their new reality, and the contribution of Cuban immigration to Florida.

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Bob Campbell's Photographs of Dian Fossey's Karisoke Research Center, 1968 - 1972

Infant Gorilla Eating Berries

An exhibit of Bob Campbell's original slides. The photographs feature Dian Fossey, the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, neighboring peoples, and mountain gorillas.

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Subverting the Natural Order


Modern science and scientific knowledge flourished in the 19th century, but what did people actually know about sciences and how did they know it? The answers to these question are complex, but one thing is certain, the so-called rising generation of the 19th century gleaned most of its knowledge about animals, plants, geology, physics, and natural philosophy from books written by female authors.

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Come Visit

brochure cover

Promotional materials from South Florida between 1910 and 1950, progress from a city on the rise, through a hurricane that threatens it, then the resiliency of a city on the rise once again. Explore brochures from the era to see the ways graphics and iconography promote a town.

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Government House and the Stories of St. Augustine

Government House balcony

An exhibition in honor of the 450th Anniversary of the city of St. Augustine, featuring items related to Government House. Government House is located at the heart of this historic colonial town and is uniquely situated to tell stories about the long and complex history of the city.

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El Mundo

Puerto Rican flag

The tumultuous political history of Puerto Rico between 1936 and 1939 as reported through the newspaper El Mundo. This exhibition is a collaboration between the University of Puerto Rico Libraries, the George A. Smathers Libraries, the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), and the Latin American Research Resources Project (LARRP).

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Beast in the Book

L'Apocalypse Plate1 L'Aigle et le Serpent

The Beast in the Book: Animals in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Illustrations from the Middle Ages, encourages the viewer to reflect upon the ways in which the illustrators combined high art and imagination along with didactic messages.

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Panama Canal Centennial

Construction Crew in Locks Chamber

One hundred years after the opening of the Panama Canal, the University of Florida celebrates this monumental achievement, reflecting on the Canal's history, analyzing its impact, and honoring those who made it possible.

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When Phantasie Takes Flight: the Art & Imagination of Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham

When Phantasie Takes Flight explores the breathtaking artwork of Arthur Rackham and places his work within the broader context of children's illustration.

Curated by Suzan A. Alteri and John Ingram

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The Gathering Storm: Jewish Life in Germany and Eastern Europe in the 1930s

The Gathering Storm

Only available online, The Gathering Storm features items produced by or pertaining to European Jewry before WWII, including rare German and Yiddish newspapers, as well as ephemeral publications such as calendars, yearbooks and other communally inspired commemorative works.

Curated by Rebecca Jefferson

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Imagining Jerusalem

Imagining Jerusalem

An exhibition to coincide with the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, Imagining Jerusalem showcases antique maps, historic photographs and rare books depicting, idealizing and imagining the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Curated by Rebecca Jefferson and Carol McAuliffe.

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About Face: Revisiting Jamaica’s First Exhibition in Europe

Jamaican Interlude About Face which is only available online, celebrates Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence by revisiting the country’s first post-independence exhibition to tour Europe. Curated by Dr. Petrine Archer and Claudia Hucke, designed by Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler. Funding provided by the George Smathers Libraries Mini Grant Program

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Souvenirs of Modern Asia : The Prints of Paul Jacoulet

Souvenirs of Modern Asia : The Prints of Paul Jacoulet Souvenirs of Modern Asia is a complement to the exhibition of the same name held at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Featuring a selection of seven woodcuts and five letters, this online exhibition provides an opportunity to take a closer look at a truly original and fascinating artist. Curated by Dulce Román, Curator of Modern Art, and Allysa B. Peyton, Curatorial Associate for Asian Art.

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The Preservation Conversation

The Preservation Conversation This online exhibition explores the conversation that occurred during three of the historic preservation projects Herschel E. Shepard was involved in: the ongoing Gamble Mansion restoration, adaptive use at Government House, and the reconstruction at Mission San Luis de Apalachee. Curated by Austin Bell, Renee Kiefer, and Kim Tinnell.

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Jewish Jacksonville

Jewish JacksonvilleFeaturing manuscripts, photographs, newsletters and other ephemera from the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Jewish Jacksonville tells the story of the Jewish community of Jacksonville, Florida in the 19th and 20th century. Curated by Rebecca Jefferson.

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Korean Art: Collecting Treasures

Korean Art: Collecting TreasuresJointly presented by the Smathers Libraries and the Harn Museum of Art Collecting Treasures features bronzes, ceramics, furniture, paintings, prints and sculpture from the Harn’s Korean collection. Exhibition highlights include photographs, xrays and video of a 17th century Gilt Wood Bodhisattva as well as rare blue-and-white porcelains and hanging scroll masterpieces by Kim Hongdo, Jang Seung-eop, and Kim Eunho. Curated by Jason Steuber, Allysa Browne Peyton, and Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler.

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Civil War Legacies

Civil War LegaciesFeaturing items from the University of Florida's Special Collections, this exhibit offers perspectives on Lincoln as portrayed in children’s literature, propaganda directed against the president and a study of the Gettysburg Address.

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Artbound 2011ARTBOUND 2011 features contemporary works by students making books in book arts and/or fine arts programs across the United States. The exhibited works have been selected by renowned book artist, photographer, and an alumnus of the University of Florida, Bea Nettles. Twenty-five handmade artists' books were selected for the exhibition from over 60 submissions.

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A Celebration of Jewish Life and Culture Around the World

A Celebration of Jewish Life and CultureCoinciding with the annual Jewish Heritage Month in May 2011, this exhibit highlights items from one of America's foremost Judaica research collections,this exhibit highlights items from the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, to emphasize and celebrate the great richness and diversity of Jewish culture in various communities throughout the world.

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30 Years of the Price Library: Treasures from the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica

30 Years of the Price LibraryCommemorating the 30th anniversary of the naming of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, the exhibition features highlights from the collection.

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Artbound 2010ARTBOUND features contemporary works by students making books in book arts and/or fine arts programs across the United States.

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Nuestra Cultura Past & Present: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage & Film

Artbound 2010Featuring selections from the University of Florida Libraries & Digital Collections celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2010).

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Carteles: The Efraín Barradas Collection of Mexican & Cuban Film Posters

CartelesThis exhibition features selections from the Efraín Barradas Collection of Mexican & Cuban Film Posters collected and donated by Dr. Ramón A. Figueroa. The collection, which is preserved and housed in the Popular Culture Collections of the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections, consists of 378 film posters, lobby cards and window cards.

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From Canals to Conservation: An Exhibit of the Historical Everglades

EvergladesThis exhibition features correspondence, photographs, maps and other historical documents pertaining to the Everglades. The materials are gropued into four themes: Exploration, Dredging, Development, and Conservation. A general timeline, from 1890 through 1950 is also presented.

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Alternative UF: Counterculture Through the Decades

Alternative UFThrough photographs, yearbooks, letters, newspaper articles, and artifacts, Alternative UF: Counterculture Through the Decades, recounts political activism, sit-ins, Civil Rights demonstrations, Vietnam War protests, the alternative press, women on campus, and the hunt for homosexuals and other "subversives" on campus by the Johns Committee in the 1950s and 60s.

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The Talkies : 75 Years of Award-Winning Movie Magic

The TalkiesFeaturing items from the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts and curated by Jim Liversidge, Curator of the Popular Culture Collections.

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