As a vital part of the mission of the Woman’s Collection, the exhibition program is intended to enrich the cultural and intellectual life of the university community by showcasing notable library acquisitions, prominent collections, and objects of intrinsic historical value or aesthetic distinction. While most exhibitions are drawn exclusively from our holdings, and are curated by members of the Woman’s Collection, we occasionally mount travelling exhibitions and borrow materials that compliment our holdings.
The Woman’s Collection encourages and invites the TWU academic community including faculty, staff, students and alumnae to serve as guest curators to assist in producing exhibitions that are both scholarly and visually attractive.
Exhibitions are planned regularly to support the Texas Woman’s University curriculum, explore gender and cultures, and feature the contributions to local history, university history, and state history as it impacted women. The involvement of community members is always welcome.
A Life Unveiled: The Portrait of Florence Nightingale (Main Floor)
Discover the life and legacy of "The Lady with the Lamp" — a complex woman whose work broke barriers, pushed boundaries and continues to inform nursing to this day. A social reformer, Florence Nightingale’s influence reaches far beyond hospitals, clinics, and battlefields. See one of the most significant collections featuring her letters, her book "Notes on Nursing," photos, and other memorabilia.
View the artifacts virtually in the Florence Nightingale Digital Archive.