Exhibitions

THE JOHN CARTER BROWN LIBRARY staff and invited curators prepare public exhibitions of material selected from the collections.


The Americas on Fire is on view through June 2017. Guest curated by historians Jake Frederick (Lawrence University, USA) and Júnia Furtado (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), The Americas on Fire depicts fire harnessed for agriculture, embraced as a mechanism for communicating with the divine realm, and wielded in combat by Native Americans and European colonizers alike. Visit the JCB during regular hours to view the exhibit or click below to view the exhibit's digital component. 

"So What'd I Miss?": Lafayette, Jefferson, and Hamilton at the John Carter Brown Library will be on view from May 26 through early October. The exhibit treads the same historical ground as the Tony and Grammy Award winning musical Hamilton and commemorates Daveed Diggs'04 receiving a Brown honorary degree this year. Come explore the JCB's extraordinary collection of materials related to the Founding Fathers and the late-colonial era in the U.S.

Recent exhibitions may also be visited virtually. The online version serves as a record of an exhibition and ensures that our audience will be able to view the treasures of the John Carter Brown Library from any place on earth with internet access. Many of these books may be seen in their entirety online on the JCB's Internet Archive site.

The digital component of the most recent exhibition, Women of the Page, will be available soon.

April 2017 - June 2017
Jake Frederick and Júnia Furtado
April 2016 - August 2016
Joyce Chaplin
April 2016
Neil Safier and Kenneth C. Ward
October 2015-January 2016
Dennis Landis, Kim Nusco, Neil Safier, and Kenneth C. Ward
April 2015-August 2015
Heidi Scott, with assistance from Kenneth C. Ward
December 2014-April 2015
Kenneth C. Ward
April 2014-October 2014
Jeremy Mumford, with assistance of Susan Danforth and Kenneth C. Ward
January 30, 2014-April 2014
Malick W. Ghachem (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), guest curator, assistance from Susan Danforth (Curator of Maps and Prints, John Carter Brown Library)
September 2013-October 2013
Kimberly Nusco
September 2013-December 2013
K. Dian Kriz, with assistance from Elena Daniele and Susan Danforth