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Arthur Tress and the Japanese Illustrated Book

On view from September 29 to December 16, 2022. Displaying a selection of Japanese books from the Arthur Tress collection along with his own photography, this exhibition engages Tress’s practices as both artist and collector, juxtaposing the two media to present moments of unexpected visual poetry.

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The tall shelves of books and library materials located in the Penn LIbraries Research Annex.


On view from August 25, 2022 to March 7, 2023. Digitized books and resources are a go-to source for researchers getting started. But what does it take to make digital objects useful for research? Find out while following an item on its journey from book to data to file.

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Online Exhibits

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Justice Now: 1960s Protest Drawings by Ashley Bryan

The author, artist, and humanitarian Ashley Bryan, whose archive was recently acquired by the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, responded to Civil Rights protests about police bias and brutality in the 1960s with this series of drawings, made from his studio overlooking Tremont Avenue in the Bronx. The signs carried by these protesters speak to today’s issues as well: “Stop Police Brutality Now,” “End Police Bias Now,” “Jim Crow Must Go,” “Freedom Now,” “We Demand Decent Police Now,” and “Justice Now.”

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Remarkable Figures: Women in the Art of Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan—renowned artist, writer, storyteller, and humanitarian—has created thousands of drawings, paintings, collages, and linoleum block prints over the course of his long and productive life. This exhibition highlights Bryan’s portrayals of strong and resourceful women in his art. Many of these works were made for books of poetry, including Freedom Over MeABC of African American Poetry, and Aneesa Lee and the Weaver’s Gift.

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Discovering Marian Anderson

This research portal provides online access to more than 2,500 items from the collection of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. The body of primary sources in the collection — including letters, diaries, journals, interviews, recital programs, and private recordings — spans the Philadelphia-born musician’s six-decade career as an opera singer and advocate for social justice.