Collective Voices


Persistent Narratives within Campus Collections

Movements and stories appear and disappear throughout the human timeline, often transformed by subsequent generations. Many of these stories are shared through the lens of underrepresented populations or their allies, in a multitude of forms preserved by archives and collections such as those at the University of Missouri. 

Collective Voices includes art, archival, and textile objects from three campus collections - Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection, University Archives, and Special Collections – that reveal historically repeating narratives relevant to today: marginalized voices, Mizzou student activism, thoughtful citizenship, civil rights, political tensions, and climate & environmental concerns. These accounts, while simultaneously local, national and global, emerged as common themes shared across time. This exhibition is a gathering of these persistent narratives and an acknowledgement that so many voices still need representation and amplification within our campus collections and across cultural institutions.

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The Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection also has an online exhibit, with a larger focus on the textiles used in Collective Voices. We hope you will enjoy both!

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Log Cabin Quilt, with The Mollusk courtesy of Nicole Johnston (Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection, 2020)

October 2 – November 19, 2020
George Caleb Bingham Gallery
Fine Arts Building, University of Missouri
505 Hitt Street

Curated by Special Collections Librarian John Fifield-Perez in conjunction with Catherine Armbrust of the George Caleb Bingham Gallery and Nicole Johnston of the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection.


The digital exhibit was edited and optimized in 2021 for the Omeka content management system by Special Collections staff, Courtney Gillie.

The following exhibit reflects the information and knowledge available to the University of Missouri and Ellis Library at the time of exhibition. Information, descriptions and representations may be incomplete based on current understanding of the topic.