Current Exhibits

Robotics Project

The Robotics Project: Building the Robot Archive
Summer 2021
Online Exhibit

This exhibit explores the core concepts and activities driving the University Archives' effort to create a home for the past, present, and evolving futures of robotics. We expose the questions faced by our team and weave them together with artifacts from the history of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. With this exhibit, we do not aim to illustrate the entire history of robotics at CMU but rather provide a glimpse into the exciting methods we’re creating and combining to make this project possible. Explore the online exhibit.


Past Exhibits

Cipher Discs - Renaissance Encryption MachinesCipher Discs - Renaissance Encryption Machines
Winter 2021
Online Exhibit

Cipher discs are paper encrypting machines made up of two or more rotating dials (called volvelles) embellished with alphabets, numbers, or other symbols. The central volvelle, called the 'index', revolves to encode or decode a message. This online exhibit — a playful experiment in shortform, interactive exhibition design — explains what cipher discs are and how to use them, featuring a cipher disc that appears in a 1591 copy of Giambattista della Porta's book "De Furtivis Literarum," or "On Secret Writing." This copy is held in Carnegie Mellon University's Special Collections and is available for in-person consultation and research.  Explore the online exhibit.


Get Out The Vote!Get Out The Vote!
October 15 - November 15, 2020
Hunt Library Exterior

Located on the front exterior of Hunt Library, this outdoor exhibit was inspired by the efforts of the Miller Institute of Contemporary Art, whose Pittsburgh edition of “Get Out The Vote” features numerous artists from the Steel City, such as Stephanie Alona, Mary Tremonte, and University Libraries Speaker Series presenter Bekezela Mguni. All posters are free and available for digital download. Read more about "Get Out The Vote."


What We Don't HaveWhat We Don't Have
Fall 2020
Online Exhibit and Hunt Library, First Floor Exhibit Cases 

Archives are not neutral. The Carnegie Mellon University Libraries invites you to engage in this unique and revealing online experience. “What We Don’t Have: Confronting the Absence of Diversity in the University Archives” explores the absence of diversity in the Carnegie Mellon University Archives – the voices and experiences we know are missing. Explore the online exhibit. Read more about "What We Don't Have." 

Related Story: What We Don't Have in Our Archives


600 Years in the Shadow of the Dome600 Years in the Shadow of the Dome
January 22 - March 20, 2020
Hunt Library, First Floor Exhibit Cases

This exhibit explores the physical and social environment of Florence, Italy’s Brunelleschi Dome while showcasing Florence and Pittsburgh’s shared urban roles and relationships. “600 Years in the Shadow of the Dome” juxtaposes the Duomo with iconic Pittsburgh architecture such as the Allegheny Court House and US Steel Building, and includes reproductions of Giovan Battista Nelli’s acclaimed set of Duomo drawings from 1688. Read more about “600 Years in the Shadow of the Dome."


Twas' the Night Before ChristmasTwas' the Night Before Christmas
November 8, 2019 - January 10, 2020
Hunt Library, First Floor Exhibit Cases

More than 300 editions of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas—spanning a publication history of 150 years—were collected by author and bibliophile Anne Lyon Haight and housed in the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries’ Special Collections on the 4th Floor of Hunt Library in 1982. Inspired by the folklore and imagery surrounding this poem, this exhibit focuses on themes such as the origins of Santa, his everchanging appearance, and his place in technology, material culture and nostalgia. Read more about "Twas' the Night Before Christmas."


May 20 - August 30, 2019
Hunt Library, First Floor Exhibit Cases

This is an exhibit of small abstract and identifiable "doppelgänger" soft sculptures made by students in the Inflatables and Soft Sculpture IDeATe class in Spring 2019, taught by Olivia Robinson. Prior to appearing in this exhibit, these soft sculptures were presented at "Pushing Air," an event featuring music, soft-sculpture and textile robotics. Read more about "Doppelgänger."


A Pair of Soldier ShoesPair of Soldier Shoes
October 22, 2018 - February 2019
Hunt Library, First Floor Exhibit Cases

In recognition of the 100th anniversary (November 11, 2018) of the armistice that ended fighting in World War I between the Allies and Germany, the Libraries present the exhibit, “A Pair of Solider Shoes,” which explores the experience on the CMU campus during WWI. All objects and photographs in this exhibit are from the University Archives’ World War I Collection.


Shoots of Green: Innovations at CMUShoots of Green: Innovations at CMU
April 16 - July 20, 2018
Hunt Library, First Floor Exhibit Cases

With this exhibit, we celebrate Pamela McCorduck’s 1979 exploration of Artificial Intelligence, “Machines Who Think: A Personal Inquiry into the History and Prospects of Artificial Intelligence” and her contributions to the history of AI, a field that is central to the identity and culture of CMU. The exhibit takes its name from this quote from the book, “In the 1990s, shoots of green broke through the wintry AI soil.” Read more about "Shoots of Green: Innovations at CMU."


The Art of the RemixThe Art of the Remix
February 26 - March 30, 2018
Hunt Library, First Floor Exhibit Cases

"The Art of the Remix" illustrates what happens when consumers become creators. Utilizing the basic principles of Fair Use to take existing materials and “remix” them into something new, this exhibit showcases the work of multiple CMU students from various disciplines on campus. Through their art, we see how individuals reclaim the visual landscape and create 21st century folklore. Read more about "The Art of the Remix."


Pledges & Puppies: A Photographic History of Pets in Greek Life at CMUPledges & Puppies: A Photographic History of Pets in Greek Life at CMU
December 6, 2017 - February 16, 2017
Hunt Library, First Floor Exhibit Cases

As the Libraries' digitization team worked their way through a project to digitize "The Thistle," CMU’s long-standing yearbook that was first published in 1906, they began to realize that dogs regularly appeared in photographs of student life and social activities, especially fraternities. This exhibit features highlights from that digitization project: formal portraits of dogs - yes, dogs! Read more about "Pledges & Puppies."


Legacy of the Dead: An ExhibitionLegacy of the Dead: An Exhibition
October 25, 2017 - December 1, 2017
Hunt Library, First Floor Exhibit Cases

In remembrance of CMU alumnus and "Night of the Living Dead" director George A. Romero, who passed away in the summer of 2017, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries presented an exhibition of film memorabilia, "Legacy of the Dead: An Exhibition," donated by CMU School of Drama Professor Emeritus and Romero collaborator Barbara Anderson. Stay scared! Read more about "Legacy of the Dead: An Exhibition."


Exhibit: Miniatures and Micro-minisExhibit: Miniatures and Micro-minis
March 3 – May 31, 2017
Hunt Library, First Floor

This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to view the Libraries' collection of miniature books (no dimension greater than three inches). Including titles such as “Red Riding Hood,” “The Raven,” and “Life and Work of Beatrix Potter,” viewers will see many familiar works of literature among these shrunken treasures. The Libraries’ miniature books were donated by Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt and Mary Louise Meder. Read more about "Miniatures and Micro-minis."

Watch the video: Tiny Books on Display in Hunt Library