Thousands of Little Colored Windows: Brown University’s Stamp Collections

February 10, 2016 to April 15, 2016
> Multiple locations: see description for details

Public Humanities Gallery, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, 357 Benefit Street February 10 – April 15, 2016

John Hay Library, Main Gallery: February 10 - May 13, 2016

Thousands of Little Colored Windows: Brown University’s Stamp Collections opens this week at the John Hay Library with a partner exhibition in the Public Humanities Gallery at the John Nicholas Brown Center. These exhibitions are curated by students in Professor Steven Lubar’s Museum Collecting and Collections class (Fall 2015). Over the course of the semester, the students delved into Brown University Library’s extensive stamp collections to uncover the numerous ways in which postage stamps, postal history, and the history of this hobby hold relevance to social history, political, and cultural studies. Through enlarged reproductions of stamps from the Library’s collections, the exhibition in the Public Humanities Gallery takes a close look at common themes found in stamp designs across the globe and presents a thematic selection stamps that the students researched.