George Ticknor (1791-1871), Class of 1807

George Ticknor (1791-1871), Class of 1807 by Thomas Sully, American, 1831

A Boston Brahmin Abroad: George Ticknor, Hispanism, and Dartmouth

George Ticknor, Dartmouth Class of 1807, embodied the nineteenth-century concept of a "gentleman of letters." After Dartmouth, he studied law, then moved into his real love, language and literature. He became the first professor of modern languages at Harvard and revolutionized the teaching of modern languages and literatures in the United States.

Perhaps most famous for authoring the first history of Spanish literature and being one of the original organizers of the Boston Public Library, Ticknor, along with his wife Anna, maintained an active literary salon and amassed a phenomenal personal library, a significant portion of which came to the Dartmouth Library in 1946 and is currently housed in Rauner Special Collections Library. This exhibit gives an overview of Ticknor's life, work, and enduring influence.

Aegis, Dartmouth Medical School 1882-3

Aegis, Dartmouth Medical School, 1882-83

A History of Anatomical Donation at Dartmouth Medical School

Explore the history of anatomical donation at the Dartmouth Medical School from its earliest days in the late 1700s and 1800s - an era marked by graverobbing, arrests, and the kind of reputation one might expect the school to carry as a result - to the current Anatomical Gifts Program and the respectful and emotionally powerful ways in which students interact with donors and their families. Of course, such an overview can only scratch the surface. If you are interested in learning more, consider contacting Rauner Special Collections Library to access their wealth of materials on this subject.

Adventuresome Spirit Cover

Oliver Engelhart '18 makes the ascent to the ridge of the Jiumenkou Great Wall in China

Dartmouth 250 Adventuresome Spirit

How do you experience adventure at Dartmouth? You may be weathering the long winter months in a frozen land far from home or boldly braving new mental shores in the classroom. Perhaps you are revolutionizing science, medicine, sports, or society for generations to come. The truth is, there is no single Dartmouth adventure. We all experience moments of courage and risk-taking differently. Some individual adventures culminate at Dartmouth, others begin here. In this exhibit, we offer a small sampling of individuals and groups who have helped to shape the adventuresome spirit at Dartmouth -- through innovation, service, teaching, athleticism, exploration, and leadership.

"Outsiders who hire Dartmouth graduates say things like, 'You're great team players … you play well in the sandbox, you have great ideas, you're fearless in how you approach things, you're curious, you're tenacious.' The shorthand became 'adventuresome spirit'." -- Laurel Richie '81

George Ticknor, View of the Principal Buildings of Dartmouth College, 1803

View of the Principal Buildings of Dartmouth College, by George Ticknor, 1803

Dartmouth 250 Curriculum Vitae

For many, “liberal arts” denotes college majors that are not science, math, or business. But this definition is a relatively modern one. The phrase initially meant “the kind of studies worthy of a free man.” The idea of the liberal arts is an ancient one that was centered on Latin grammar, logic, and rhetoric. At their highest expression in the Middle Ages, the liberal arts had grown to include arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. In the Renaissance, men of letters (re)defined liberal arts as the languages and literature of Greece and Rome, and dropped logic in favor of ethics. The liberal arts had assumed a form familiar to us today.

Latin for “a course of life,” a curriculum vitae can be a written summary of past accomplishments, but it can also be understood as the arc of experience that runs through our lives. In this exhibit, we invite you to reflect on the course of the liberal arts throughout the life of Dartmouth College.

Class of 2014 runs around the bonfire on Dartmouth Night

Members of the Class of 2014 run around the bonfire on Dartmouth Night

Dartmouth 250 Generations of Community

Dartmouth can be envisioned as a universe of communities. There is the singular community of everyone who has ever been involved with Dartmouth. There are also many communities that have existed within this universe across the College’s history, and they are the focus of this exhibit. Generations of Community explores the ways in which fellowship has and has not been manifest throughout the history of the College. How have people at Dartmouth connected with each other? Where do they find meaningful communities? What does the concept of fellowship mean across different facets of campus (and post-campus) life? In what ways have communities at Dartmouth been inclusive, and in what ways have they been exclusive?

Three women moving into their dorm as Dartmouth goes co-ed in 1972

Three women moving into their dorm as Dartmouth goes co-ed in 1972

Dartmouth 250 On Solid Ground

Dartmouth seems so grounded in space, especially to a student here for four years seeing little change and plenty of indicators of stability. There is a sense of something solid, not static so much as stable. Old buildings and history around every corner create a sense that things don’t change, but that is far from the reality. Looked at over 250 years, the social, physical, and intellectual space is ever shifting. It welcomes some and excludes others. It creates security but also poses threats. It is bucolic, yet cosmopolitan. It is stable, but ever in flux.

There is something odd about a college campus with so few maps and signs scattered among the buildings. It assumes a sense of community, but it can also systematically exclude those outside of the community. This exhibit strives to provide a kind of map of campus—one that shows the spaces that make up Dartmouth, but one that also shakes the illusion of stability and questions who and how these spaces serve.

Protestors hold signs reading “Free Men All” and “Liberation and Integration,” 1963

Protestors hold signs reading "Free Men All” and “Liberation and Integration," 1963

Historical Accountability Student Research Program

The Historical Accountability Student Research Program at the Dartmouth Library offers research opportunities for Dartmouth undergraduates to explore primary sources in our collections related to issues of diversity and inclusion in Dartmouth history.

On this website, you can view digital exhibitions, browse the projects of Historical Accountability Student Researchers, and learn how to get started with research of your own!

Daniel Webster, Class of 1801

Daniel Webster (Black Dan) by Francis Alexander, American, 1835

Limits to Power: Daniel Webster and the Dartmouth College Case

The Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Woodward, better known as the Dartmouth College case, is a critical turning point in Dartmouth’s history. Had this case been settled in favor of Woodward, and by extension, the State of New Hampshire, Dartmouth as we know it would not exist today. The case was also a turning point for our country. The outcome of the Dartmouth College case cemented the concept into United States Constitutional law, already present in English common law, that private charitable organizations serve the public good.

Dartmouth Hall lit by rainbow of colors in honor of Pride Week

Dartmouth Hall lit by rainbow of colors in honor of Pride Week


Documenting the history of the LGBTQIA+ community at Dartmouth College.

“Our stories, when collected together, will create an enduring tapestry of LGBTQIA+ life at Dartmouth over many decades, documenting days of adversity and triumph, days which should never be forgotten.” - Brendan Connell Jr. ’87

Inupiaq polar bear ivory carvings, circa 1960

Inupiaq polar bear ivory carvings, circa 1960

Vanishing: Making of an Extinction Crisis

Curated and designed by 2019-2020 Edward Connery Lathem Fellow Alexander W. Cotnoir, "Vanishing: Making of an Extinction Crisis" highlights materials from Rauner Special Collection Library's manuscript, archival, and rare book collections in an effort to better understand the historical underpinnings and consequences of the current species extinction crisis and what society can do to prevent the loss of invaluable plant and animal species.