site features links to online exhibitions that have been created
by libraries, archives, and historical societies, as well as to
museum online exhibitions with a significant focus on library and
archival materials. The scope is international and multi-lingual.
online exhibitions included in this guide draw their inspiration
and content primarily from library and archival materials, including,
for example: printed books, book illustrations, manuscripts, photographs,
printed ephemera, posters, archival sound and video recordings,
artist's books, and the book arts (engraving, marbling, and bookbinding,
etc.). Although many of these online exhibitions were originally
created to accompany shows held in the exhibition galleries of their
institutions, a growing number exist in digital format only.
online exhibitions in this guide are keyword-searchable by title,
subject, and the name of the sponsoring institution. A list of instructions
and tips for searching will be provided.
In order to keep Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web
reasonably focused and of manageable size for one person to maintain,
its scope has necessarily been limited to a listing of online exhibitions
of library and archival materials sponsored by non-commercial institutions.
Regretfully, it is not possible to include all manner of library
and archival digital projects in this list. Online collections and
electronic finding aids have typically been omitted, except for
those that include significant exhibition-like elements, such as
a selective theme and a contextualized narrative for the featured
objects and artifacts. Also omitted are notices publicizing exhibitions
that are not themselves online exhibitions, and commercial and personal
This list of online exhibitions is provided as a public service
of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The Smithsonian Institution
Libraries is responsible only for the content of its own online