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 and check back here shortly 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.

September 2010
Caroline Frank
January 2013 to April 2013
Amy Turner Bushell, Independent Research Scholar, and Susan Danforth, Curator of Maps, John Carter Brown Library.
January 2007-May 2007
Ken Ward and Adrián López-Denis with a team of ten Brown students.
May to August 2012
James Delbourgo, with Susan Danforth
September 2011 to December 2011
Dennis C. Landis
April 2010 to October 2011
Kenneth C. Ward
October 2010 to March 2011
Dennis Landis
July to October 2011
Kenneth C. Ward