Exhibits & Events

Special Collections & College Archives presents a number of current, online and past exhibits. We also welcome guest curators. If you have an idea for an exhibit, please contact us.

 


Current Exhibits

Building Occidental: The Road to Eagle Rock

Robinson Jeffers, Poet
Class of 1905

Barack Obama at
Occidental College

Ernesto Galarza

Ernesto Galarza, Class of 1924
Social Activist and Educator

Bill Henry Exhibit

Bill Henry, Class of 1914
Journalist, Historian,
LA Civic Leader 

Occidental Victory

The SS Occidental Victory: Artifacts
from Oxy's Seafaring Past

Empowerment Mural

Education Empowerment Mural 

David Siquieros
David Siqueiros
Eight Lithographs

Bill Henry Exhibit
Bill Henry, Class of 1914
Journalist, Historian,
LA Civic Leader 

Occidental Fair
A commemorative history

Tiger Bellies

Printing Techniques

Dale's Library of Visual Books

Documenting Northeast LA

 

Field Notes

Letter Press Classes

 

 

Current Exhibits

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Robinson Jeffers: Poet and Occidental Alumnus, Class of 1905
Gallery, Main Floor, Old Wing

Robinson Jeffers (Class of 1905) is one of the most celebrated Occidental alumni. In the fall 2009, Occidental honored his life and works with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in The Big Read: Robinson Jeffers and the Ecologies of Poetry and in 2017 Oxy hosted the Robinson Jeffers Association annual meeting with scholarly talks on contemporary poetry, Jeffers, and Northeast Los Angeles. Occidental College's Special Collections boasts one of the largest collections of Jeffers works and memorabilia, some of which are on exhibit.

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Tiger Bellies

Main Floor, Gallery, Old Wing

A photographical history of food at Occidental, as well as an Oxy Cookbook from the 1950s.

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Printing Techniques
Main Floor, Gallery, Old Wing

A series of displays illustrating printing techniques, created by Pasadena engineer and artist, Harold L. Doolittle, between 1946-1958, and donated to Occidental in 1967.

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SS Occidental Victory: Artificacts From Oxy's Seafaring Past
Gallery, Main Floor, Old Wing 

Built in early 1945, the SS Occidental Victory was one of more than 500 vessels that were built to replenish the American merchant fleet in anticipation of increased commerce following World War II. This exhibit features items from the now-dismantled ship.

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Ernesto Galarza '24, Social Activist and Educator
Galarza Room, Main Floor, Old Wing

Social activist, writer and educator, Ernesto Galarza dedicated his life to advocating for the rights of agricultural workers and labor organizing. Born in 1905 in Jalcocotan, Nayarit, Mexico, Galarza graduated from Occidental in 1924. This exhibit is located in the classroom dedicated in 1987 to honor his career. See the new online exhibit dedicated to Ernesto Galarza.

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Barack Obama at Occidental College
Main Floor, Information Desk, New Wing

A popular display shown on most Occidental campus tours, this small collection features materials from the President's time at Occidental. Perhaps most prominent is an original HOPE print donated to the school and signed by Los Angeles based artist Shepard Fairey, as well as the two poems a college aged Obama wrote for the Feast Literary magazine. The display also shows Professor Roger Boesche, who the President has noted in interviews shaped his education in political science. 

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Bill Henry: Journalist, Historian, LA Civic Leader and Occidental Alumnus 1914
Bill Henry Room and Hall, Third Floor, Old Wing

This collection preserves the personal and professional materials of Los Angeles Times columnist William M. "Bill" Henry (1890-1970), class of 1914. It includes manuscripts, letters, documents, press clippings, photographs, ephemera and memorabilia, documenting Olympic games from 1932 to the present modern history, presidential campaigns, and development of aviation in Southern California, amongst other subjects.  Henry was part of the international Olympics committee, and author of the Official History of the Olympics: he as an L.A. civic leader, was instrumental in bring the 1932 games to Los Angeles, travelled with Eisenhower in WWII, covering the air war in the Pacific and was also a national radio commentor.

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Education Empowerment Mural 
3rd floor, Hall, Old Wing

A student-led project that serves as a reminder to underrepresented students that they are not alone, and that they are capable of achieving their academic goals.

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David Siqueiros
Main Floor, New Wing, Study Area

Permanent exhibit of eight original prints by Mexican artist David Siqueiros.

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Building Occidental: The Road to Eagle Rock, 1887 - 1914
Gallery Hall, Main Floor, Old Wing 

130 years in Los Angeles! Designed in 2012 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of Occidental College, The Road to Eagle Rock is a pictorial essay on the formative years of Occidental College presenting the three campuses of Occidental College in Northeast Los Angeles before the campus made its permanent home Eagle Rock

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Dale's Library
Third Floor, Study Area, Special Collections & College Archives Adjacent

Graphic novels, zines, and unique books from the personal library of Special Collections Librarian/Archivist Dale Ann Stieber. 

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Occidental Fair
Samuelson Alumni Center, Atrium 

A commemorative history of Occidental College, celebrating the tradition of excellence, the energy and evolution of Occidental in 128 pages of photographs and memories. This display highlights the publication with enlarged page reproductions along with memorabilia from the College Archives. 

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Artemio Rodrigez La Mano Press
Gallery, Main Floor, Old Wing 

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Documenting Northeast LA
Main Floor, Information Desk (Right), New Wing 

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Field Notes
Gallery, Main Floor, Old Wing 

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Letter Press Classes
Gallery, Main Floor, Old Wing 

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Online Exhibits

American Frontiers
American Frontiers 

Historical Campus

Historical Campus Photos

Railroads
Railroads
Shakespeare
Banned Books: Shakespeare Censored!

WWII documents
Japanese American Relocation During WWII

Robinson Jeffers
Robinson Jeffers
Bill Henry
Bill Henry 
 

John Speed
John Speed

stereograph
Stereographs
Ernesto Galarza
Ernesto Galarza

Legacy of Lincoln
Lincoln's Legacies

young family
The Young Years

F. Ray Risdon Collection of Lincolniana and American Political Life

mini books
Miniature Books: Then and Now

Bessie Beatty
Bessie Beatty 
Glee Club
Glee Club History
Obama
Obama and Popular Culture
Ortelius Exhibit
The Ortelius Maps 

History of Equity and Diversity at Occidental 

Friezer Photography