New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

NYU Libraries New Exhibit on Albert Gallatin in the Mamdouha Bobst Gallery Through April 1, 2013

January 31, 2013

New York University (NYU) Libraries is hosting an exhibition: “Albert Gallatin: A Genevan at the Heart of the American Dream” in the Mamdouha Bobst Gallery in the Bobst Library through April 1, 2013. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 9:30am-6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Gallatin was the longest serving Secretary of the Treasury, serving for nearly 13 years from 1801 to 1814, under Presidents Jefferson and Madison.  Though his political career is fairly familiar to many people, Gallatin’s anthropological interests are not.  The exhibit includes material related to Gallatin's work as an ethnologist and linguist, concentrating primarily on Native American languages. The exhibition will feature the many roles Gallatin played in the United States as statesman, diplomat, ethnographer, and founder of New York University.

The original exhibition was installed in the Library of Geneva last year, curated by the Library of Geneva and the New York University Archives.  It highlighted the achievements of a native son as well as the history of Geneva as a hotbed of enlightenment philosophy and its influence on Gallatin's intellectual development.

“Fabienne Finat, curator at the Library of Geneva, thought NYU would be a natural venue for the exhibition so I collaborated with her on adapting it to the Mamdouha Bobst Gallery,” said NYU Archivist Nancy Cricco.  “Most of the materials on view are from Geneva, with the exception of some items from the University Archives and New-York Historical Society.”

Cricco adds:  “The unique aspect of this collaboration with the Library of Geneva is our mutual bond with Albert Gallatin. The education Gallatin received and the ideals instilled in him while growing up in Geneva turned out to have a significant impact on NYU and the United States.”

The NYU Division of Libraries comprises five libraries in Manhattan and one each in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Its flagship, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, houses more than four million volumes and received 2.5 million visits last year. Around the world the Libraries offers access to more than 800,000 electronic journals, books, and databases; its website received three million visits last year. For more information about the NYU Libraries, please visit http://library.nyu.edu

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Division of Libraries

Type: Press Release

NYU Libraries New Exhibit on Albert Gallatin in the Mamdouha Bobst Gallery Through April 1, 2013

Exhibit on Albert Gallatin in the Mamdouha Bobst Gallery Through April 1, 2013


Search News



NYU In the News

CUSP Unveils its “Urban Observatory”

Crain’s New York Business profiled CUSP’s “Urban Observatory” that is continuously photographing lower Manhattan to gather scientific data.

Post-Sandy Upgrades at the Langone Medical Center

NY1 reported on the major post-Sandy upgrades and renovations made at the Medical Center to protect the hospital from future catastrophic storms.

Steinhardt Research Helps Solve Tough Speech Problems.

The Wall Street Journal reported on research at Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, including an interview with Assistant Professor Tara McAllister Byun, that uses ultrasound to help solve tough speech problems.

Times Column Lauds Professor Stevenson’s New Memoir

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a column about “Just Mercy,” a new memoir by Law Professor Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, whom he noted has been called America’s Nelson Mandela.

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

NYU Footer