Founders Memorial Library Exhibits

July 2018

Main Exhibit: Raya Garbousova

Raya Garbousova (1909-1997) was a world-renowned cellist who was on faculty here at NIU from 1979 until 1991.  She was instrumental in building the music program and brought in very talented students.  She traveled the world performing as a soloist and by doing so broke boundaries and stereo-types by playing a “man’s instrument”, paving the way for other women.  Her sheet music collection is featured in this exhibit and can normally be found in University Libraries’ Special Collections. Other items are from the Music Library, and University Archives.  A small part of the exhibit can also be found in the Music Library in the Music Building along with a large collage donated by her family that permanently resides there.

Contact person: Sarah Holmes,, (815) 753-8392.

Regional History Center exhibit – Fourth floor

Reading Room cases: “Homecoming: 111 Years Strong”

The exhibit focuses on the history of homecoming at Northern and highlights items from the University Archives, including school pennants, buttons, yearbooks, photographs, football programs, sports memorabilia, and more.

Rare Books and Special Collections exhibit - Fourth floor

“The Garden of Eating”

The theme of this exhibit is food. Items on display from the Rare Books and Special Collections department are stories centered around where we get our food, and access to food.

Contact person: Angela Schroeder,, (815) 753-8091.

Southeast Asia Collection exhibit - Fourth floor

“Greetings from Southeast Asia”

Just in time for summer the Southeast Asia collection is highlighting the beauty of several Southeast Asian countries.  From the beaches of Bali, to the temples of Thailand and the streets of Singapore, books, photos and artifacts showcase the beauty and exuberance of the region.  The exhibit aims to encourage tourism in Southeast Asia and will be up through the summer.

Contact person: Joanna Kulma,, (815) 753-1819.

Contact Us

Dean Fred Barnhart

Phone: (815) 753-1094

Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
217 Normal Rd
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828

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