The rare book collection contributes to the educational program of the college by introducing students to unique primary source materials in the context of their academic course work and through regularly scheduled public exhibitions.

Rare Book Room Winter 2024 exhibit flyer titled, "Black Stories - Black Voices - Black History;" Black Authors in the A.M. Todd Rare Book Room with portrait photos of Maya Angelou, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Joseph T Wilson, William Sinclair, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Jean Toomer, and Rufus Perry.

Winter 2024 Exhibit

The A.M. Todd Rare Book Room proudly announces the opening of its Black History Month exhibit, “Black Stories – Black Voices – Black History,” running from February 2nd to March 3rd, 2024, Monday – Friday from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

This captivating showcase delves into the rich literary contributions of Black authors, featuring a curated selection from the Rare Book Room collection. Among the remarkable works on display are rare first edition prints of Maya Angelou’s On the Pulse of Morning, Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Poems of Cabin and Field, Joseph T Wilson’s The Black Phalanx, and William A. Sinclair’s The Aftermath of Slavery, as well as autographed first editions of James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain and Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. A limited edition reprint of Jean Toomer’s Cane is on display, as well as the first edition print of The Cushite by Rufus Perry, the first Black student enrolled at Kalamazoo College.

Spanning from 1888 to 2000, these influential texts offer a profound exploration of the African American experience, making this exhibit a compelling journey through the diverse voices that have shaped the landscape of Black literature.

Fall 2023 Exhibit

Censorship through the Centuries

Date: September 12-December 1

Day/Time: Tuesday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Friday: 1 p.m.-4p.m., other times by appointment

Homecoming: Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Family Weekend: Saturday, November 4, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Location: Upjohn Library Commons, room 326

Previous Exhibits

Spring 2020