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Archives & Special Collections Exhibits

Guide on Past and Current Archives & Special Collections Exhibits @ the University of Pittsburgh Library System - Oakland (2020-present)

Indoctrination vs Agency: Horror in Children's Literature

Date of Exhibition: Fall 2023-Present

Curator: Julia Hodges (third-year undergraduate Archives Student Worker) and Hebah Uddin (PhD student in Children’s Literature and 2023-24 Graduate Student Assistant)

Location:  Archives & Special Collections exhibit gallery, 3rd floor Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh 3960 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Description: Children’s fascination with the dark and what dwells within it is enduring, as are the attempts of their adult counterparts to influence, suppress, or merely understand this desire for self-expression through the weird and macabre. This exhibit explores the journey from horror as a tool of religious and moral indoctrination to a source of children’s agency and exploration through a closer look at materials, both classic and modern, from the Horror Studies Collection and Elizabeth Nesbitt Collection in the University of Pittsburgh Library System’s Archives and Special Collections.  

  • ​​​​​Little Goody Two Shoes. Astral Shift and Square Enix, 2023 (reproductions)

Exhibit Photographs