Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation Online Exhibitions
Meliora is the motto of the University of Rochester, and translates from the Latin as “ever better.” The form in Latin has an imperative quality—an exhortation to do better and to be better.
Perhaps no individual has embodied the concept of University of Rochester's motto of Meliora more fully than Joseph C. Wilson--alumnus of the class of 1931, Trustee, community leader, and business leader.
Our earliest map of Western New York—the gift of Dr. Seymour Schwartz—dates to 1724. As the University has grown and moved, the manuscript and printed maps in our collections enable us to trace the topography, ownership, and use of the land our campuses occupy—from West Main Street to Prince Street to Wilson Boulevard.
This exhibit explores the connections between Mt. Hope Cemetery and the University, and was curated by students in Th. Emil Homerin's Speaking Stones course
In 1861, the University of Rochester moved to a new campus. It had just one building, some houses for faculty, and ample open land--land full of dandelions.
This exhibit pulls examples from the University Archives to explore the deep roots of our favorite flower.
In 1970, a major addition to the original 1930 library building opened...
Since 1934, the students of the University of Rochester have welcomed the winter season with the Boar's Head Dinner.
October 2020 marks 90 years since the dedication of the River Campus.
Upon his retirement in 1964 after almost 40 years of teaching at the University of Rochester, Professor Arthur J. May was appointed University Historian to write a history of the University.
The history of the University of Rochester has been, and still is, recorded by its students. This exhibition presents yearbooks, newspapers, creative and literary journals, humor magazines, and student group newsletters.
This online exhibit celebrates the life of Hyam Plutzik on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Plutzik Reading Series and draws upon exhibitions created in 1982, 2011, and 2012.