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Aerial Photography of VCU's Past

Aerial Photography of VCU's Past

The standard brochure cover photo of many American campuses is from a central quad on a bright spring day. For a school integrated tightly into the fabric of a city like VCU is on its MCV Campus, space is too precious for large expanses of turf to symbolize the institution, and from the mid-20th century, school leaders looked skyward for signature shots. Many of these images made their way into VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives. This exhibit features a selection of 20 annotated and enhanced aerial photographs.

Health Sciences Library, First-floor Gallery
Jurgen Banned Art Comics Contest

Jurgen Banned Art Comics Contest

The Jurgen Contest challenge invited students from across VCU to explore the censorship of James Branch Cabell's Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice. In January 1920, the society seized the printing plates and copies of the novel, and James Branch Cabell’s publisher and editor were charged with violating state obscenity laws because it was an “offensive, lewd, lascivious and indecent book.” Cabell's satirical fantasy was barred from the mail, and demand for copies skyrocketed. Suppressed just as Prohibition took effect, Jurgen was sold at exorbitant prices by "bookleggers.” The case dragged on, but after a two-year legal battle, the indictment against Jurgen was dismissed.

James Branch Cabell

Digital Exhibits

Past Exhibits