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Visit “How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris”

William Morris Exhibit Poster

HOW WE MIGHT LIVE: The Vision of William Morris

The exhibit is free and open to the public in the Maryland Room Gallery, Hornbake Library, University of Maryland from September 2012 through July 2013.

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

Extended hours, academic semester only: Wed 10am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm

Access the digital exhibit  “How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris” available September 2012.

Follow us on Twitter @WmMorrisUMD

What is the exhibit about?

This exhibit examines the life and vision of inspirational firebrand William Morris (1834-1896), focusing on his written works, political activism and artistic endeavors. Featuring The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer printed by Kelmscott Press in 1896, How We Might Live also showcases rare books, pamphlets and ephemera from Special Collections at the University of Maryland Libraries.”

from The Maryland Room Gallery

Who is William Morris?

Here is a short introduction . . .

William Morris was born on 24 March 1834. He first studied Pre-Raphaelite painting, then decorative arts, developing his signature foliage patterns. In 1890 Morris founded the Kelmscott Press and designed three typefaces for the Press: Golden, Chaucer, and Troy. Sixty-six volumes were printed by the Kelmscott Press, including an edition of Chaucer published in 1896. Morris died at Kelmscott House on 3 October 1896.

–from “A Brief Biography of William Morris” by Nicholas Salmon

You are also welcome to visit the Special Collections in Hornbake Library, where our staff has lived and breathed William Morris for the past year. They can point you to the best resources about his work, his life, his ideals, and the people he influenced.

How can I follow you online?

Thanks for asking! Follow us @WmMorrisUMD for quotes, events, and images from the life of this notable historical figure. The information on the Twitter feed will come from the resources used to shape our exhibit, from the timeline on “William Morris Internet Archive–Chronology” to the wallpaper from the Morris & Company Wallpapers Catalogue.

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About hornbakelibrary

The Special Collections at the University of Maryland, located in Hornbake Library North, is one of the foremost centers to study all aspects of Maryland - past and present - and also serves as a gateway to many valuable resources: Historical Manuscripts, Literary Manuscripts, Maryland Collection, National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection, Rare Book Collection, Broadcasting Archives, and University Archives. For information, call us at 301-405-9212 or visit http://lib.guides.umd.edu/MdRmRef for Special Collections Links.

2 comments on “Visit “How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris”

  1. WIlliam Morris has provided many sources of inspiration for my fabric mosaic art. HIs work is exquisite and timeless.

  2. Kerri–we agree! Nice to hear from an artist who has been impacted by Morris; thanks for your comment :)

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