Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Robert Morris: Lawyer & Activist: An Exhibit at BC

[Our friends at Boston College sent us the following announcement.]

We are pleased to announce the opening of the spring exhibit in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room at the Boston College Law School]. Curated by Laurel Davis and Mary Bilder, the exhibit is entitled Robert Morris: Lawyer & Activist. Morris (1823-1882), long known as one of the first African-American lawyers in the country, was a mover and shaker in Boston anti-slavery circles but also a full-throated civil rights activist in many other areas. He also had a fascinating relationship with Boston's Irish community and a very young Boston College.

We were thrilled to discover that the Burns Library on main campus has his personal library in its collection; the staff at the Burns generously loaned us all of the books in our exhibit. Additionally, the Boston Athenaeum kindly loaned multiple items from their Robert Morris papers. Through his books and papers, we were able to explore Morris's many dimensions. We invite you to come view the exhibit--it was a fun and rewarding collaboration, and we are excited to share it with everyone.

For a sneak peek, please visit the exhibit webpage. Many thanks to Lily Olson, Access Services Librarian, for her indispensable help on the webpage and the bookmark.