University Library


    Display Cases

    Unique items from the Library’s Special Collections are exhibited in two display cases located on the Ground Floor of Reid Library. The Library thanks the Friends of the UWA Library for their generous donation of one of the display cases.

    The current display in the Reid Library installed for the University’s Open Day is War and UWA.

    In November 2018, we commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. UWA was a new University that had only started teaching the year before hostilities erupted on  28 July 1914. The University Archives is displaying in the Reid Library, material from the collection that depicts the involvement and impact of both world wars on the University. Be inspired by the history of UWA individuals and learn how UWA staff, Convocation, students and the community contributed to the international war efforts through the stories of the bogus Bugle, the death of the University’s first Registrar in Gallipoli, the housing of US Navy personnel on campus and the Flying Catalina’s during WWII.

    The Reformation in Print

    A UWA Library Special Collections and Centre of Medieval and Early Modern Studies online exhibition.

    On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther sent his Ninety-Five Theses to Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, criticising the Roman Catholic Church’s sale of indulgences. On the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, this online exhibition is designed to help students explore how the reformation unfolded through the emerging phenomenon of print culture, through examples from the UWA Library Special Collections. Scholars from the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies consider how the lives, images and thought of Luther, other Reformers and Catholic Reformation leaders were expressed in print, at a time when this fledgling media for communication was in rapid development.

    Text written by Susan Broomhall, Kirk Essary, Susanne Meurer and Arvi Wattel.

    Photography by Kate McVey and Rosie Inglis, UWA Library.

    Animal and human interactions, enclosing knowledge and the advent of print

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    Indulgences, Erasmus and Jacques Lefèvre d’Etaples’ French New Testament

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    Phillip Melanchthon, John Calvin and Théodore de Bèze

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    Martin Luther's various works

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    The Council of Trent and Paolo Sarpi

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