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Space Exhibit Debuts at UM Libraries

A year-long exhibit covering a galaxy of topics from the real to the imaginary and spanning the 18th century through the 21st.

The exhibit “Space: Exploring the Final Frontier in the Archives” features sixteen cases with items that cover a wide array of topics:

  • rare astronomy books from the 18th and 19th centuries
  • astronomy at UM
  • handwritten accounts of 19th century astronomical observations by UM faculty and students
  • music with space themes
  • Primitive artist Howard Finster’s space visions
  • UFO sightings in Pascagoula in 1973
  • science fiction
  • U.S. space program

The main exhibit is in the Faulkner Room in Archives & Special Collections on the third floor of the J.D. Williams Library, and it will remain up throughout 2020.  

One case with related material is also on view in the Science Library and another on the second floor of the J.D. Williams Library.  

Special Collections is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm (however, the Faulkner Room may be closed at times for class instruction). Please contact Special Collections at 662-915-1595 or for further information.

Special Collections is also planning several events related to the subject of space during 2020 to coincide with the exhibit.