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Current Exhibits


Taxonomy, Ecology and Conservation: The Life and Tides of Joel Walker Hedgpeth

April 9 - June 20, 2014
University Library, 1st Floor Elevator Lobby

The spring term library exhibit features books and documents from the archive of Dr. Joel Walker Hedgpeth (1911-2006).

Dr. Hedgpeth was a key figure in marine biology and oceanography, first along the inter-tidal coast of California and Oregon, the gulf coast of Texas, and then across the world. He was a skilled illustrator and editor, and authored many publications. With a distinctive voice, he lectured widely and influenced many students of marine and estuarine biology. 

Hedgpeth's primary field was taxonomy, and he specialized in Pycnogonida, a group of marine arthropods known as "sea spiders." However, his life and work included many friendships and relationships with key people in biology and other fields, including John Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts, Aldo Leopold, C. S. Lewis and Joseph Campbell. He was a supporter of women in science including Olga Hartman, Libbie Henrietta Hyman and S. M. Manton. There is a unique history here to be enjoyed.

Exhibit courtesy of the Estate of Joel W. Hedgpeth

Curated by Randall W. Smith and Gretta Siegel


Hellboy: The First 20 Years 

March 19 - April 18, 2014
University Library, 1st Floor New Books Area


Dark Horse Comics has proclaimed March 22, 2014 as Hellboy Day, in recognition of the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. We are celebrating Hellboy's anniversary, and the Dark Horse Comics Collection at Portland State Library, with a display featuring Hellboy and other Dark Horse figures as well as early Hellboy comics.

During this exhibit, you will also find a selection of Dark Horse Comics with the New Books display on the Library's first floor.

The Dark Horse Collection includes copies of all materials produced by Dark Horse. The browsing collection, along the curves near the windows on the Library's third, fourth, and fifth floors, includes one copy of every Dark Horse comic book, graphic novel, collected edition, and book. 

For information about the University Library's extensive collection of unique research materials, comic books, graphic novels, collected editions, related books, statues, figures, and other materials, see Dark Horse Comics Collection. For more information about Hellboy's twentieth anniversary, and to learn about the celebration of Hellboy Day, see the Dark Horse website.

Thanks to Tina Morgan for curating this display, and to Cris Paschild and Josh Hancock for their assistance. 


Past Exhibits

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