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Exhibits

The Archives & Special Collections gallery plays host to a wide variety of exhibits curated by the unit and by the University community.

The gallery space is on the third floor of the Learning Commons and Library, next to the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily when the learning commons is open.

Current Exhibits

  • Spectacles of Learning: The Passage of Light in the Work of Athanasius Kircher, S.J.

    August 19 - September 29, 2019

    Curated by Jim Blaettler, S.J., this exhibit demonstrates 17th Century polymath Athanasius Kircher, S.J.'s breadth of knowledge and endless curiosity for making connections amongst topics such as astronomy and magnetism, hieroglyphics and cryptography. The exhibit features woodcut illustrations and other elements found in the thirty-six books held in the museum Father Kircher established in Rome to reflect his vast interests, which capitalized on objects brought back by Jesuit missionaries from the far-flung corners of the earth. Copies of some of the thirty-six books held at the Museum in the Collegio Romano are available in the rare book collections of Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco, and are included in the exhibit.

    Past Exhibits