Exhibits

Edgar Allan Poe in Special Collections

This Halloween we are celebrating the acquisition of a first edition copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” Here are illustrations from a few of the many Poe books we have in Special Collections. Visit the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library to see some of these and other spooky rare books! To see more illustrations […]

‘How We Might Live’ Features Morris & Co. Wallpaper Sample

July’s Featured Object of the Month How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris, an exhibit highlighting the life and work of English designer and author William Morris (1834-1896), will showcase a new Morris-related item every month. Visit the Maryland Room Gallery in July to view a sample of Morris & Co. wallpaper, featuring […]

‘How We Might Live’ Features Tennyson’s ‘Maud’

Featured Object of the Month- June How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris, an exhibit highlighting the life and work of English designer and author William Morris (1834-1896), will showcase a new Morris-related item every month. In June, visit the Maryland Room Exhibit Gallery in Hornbake Library to view Maud: A Monodrama, written […]

William Morris, Walter Crane, and Socialist Art

Walter Crane (1845-1915) was a well-known painter, book illustrator, and socialist. He was heavily influenced by the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites, as well as his study of Japanese wood-block color printing.  His decorative work and illustrations often featured garden themes, bold lines, and detailed imagery.   Along with  Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott, Crane was […]

William Morris Built the Foundation for Historic Preservation

Did you know that May is National Preservation Month? We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to recognize the work of William Morris (1834-1896), one of the pivotal figures in the early preservation movement in the West. Many people know Morris for his role as a designer, printer and socialist, but this […]

‘How We Might Live’ Features Medieval Woodcut Illustrations

How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris, an exhibit highlighting the life and work of English designer and author William Morris (1834-1896), will showcase a new Morris-related item every month. Visit the Maryland Room Gallery in May to view Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century, printed by the Kelmscott Press.  William Morris […]

Kelmscott Press Inspires Imitators

“…that we of this age should generally produce ugly books, shows, I fear, something like malice… a determination to put our eyes in our pockets wherever we can.” William Morris (1834-1896) believed that books should be both useful and beautiful, and he didn’t mince words in his critique of the bookmakers of his time. Most […]

‘How We Might Live’ Features Invitations from William Morris

How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris, an exhibit highlighting the life and work of English designer and author William Morris (1834-1896), will showcase a new Morris-related item every month. For the month of April, two pieces of unique ephemera are on display.  An Invitation to View a Tapestry from Morris & Co., […]

‘How We Might Live’ features Art Nouveau Edition of ‘The Defense of Guenevere’

How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris, an exhibit highlighting the life and work of English designer and author William Morris (1834-1896), will showcase a new Morris-related item every month. Visit the Maryland Room Gallery in March to view a stunning edition of William Morris’s first published volume of poetry, The Defence of […]

William Morris Wayzegoose at Special Collections

Join the University of Maryland Libraries’ Special Collections for a night of revelry and merriment–William Morris style! Enjoy entertainment, food, and an exhibit featuring the works of this incredible artist. Click on the invitation to the left for details!

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