What They Saved: Souvenirs and Mementos in Special Collections

An heirloom from a loved one, a keepsake from a first date, a souvenir from a road trip – the things we save say a lot about us and our lived experiences. As with these mementos, the objects and materials within the University of Delaware’s Special Collections help to preserve the memories and experiences of the individuals represented in the collection.

In What They Saved: Souvenirs and Mementos in Special Collections, visitors will explore keepsakes from the collection, learning about the people who held onto them and the reasons why. From hats and handkerchiefs to dolls and dog tags, the mementos on view are imbued with personal meaning and connection while providing insights into histories, events, celebrations and celebrities of days gone by.

The exhibition is on view August 27, 2024 - May 23, 2025, in the Special Collections Gallery in Morris Library on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus. The Special Collections Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed when Morris Library is closed for holidays and breaks. Admission is free.

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  • Tuesday, August 27 through Friday, May 23, 2025
  • FREE!
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University of Delaware, Special Collections Gallery
Morris Library
181 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19717

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