Online Exhibits


The Lamont Poets

Since 1983 the Academy has been inviting poets to come and read their work to the entire local community as part of the Lamont Poetry Program. Beginning with the second invited poet, it also became a tradition to have them write a poem to be framed along with their portrait, many of which were taken by local photographers like Steve Lewis and Brian Crowley. These framed works now reside in the Library's Special Collections. This exhibit is dedicated to those portraits and poems.  More...

An illuminated page from D'Auvergne's

Special Collections

The Special Collections of the Class of 1945 Library at Phillips Exeter Academy feature works from the 16th to 21st centuries and include such treasures as a Medieval illuminated manuscript and the explorer Roald Amundsen’s 1905 journal detailing his discovery of the Northwest Passage.  More...

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen

The Journal of Roald Amundsen

In 1958, Albert Lee, class of 1887 and the managing editor at Collier's Weekly, gave the Academy Library a truly wonderful gift — the handwritten journal of the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Written by Amundsen soon after his discovery of the Northwest Passage (the long sought after sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans) and sent directly to Collier's for publication, the journal is as profound as it is unique.  More...

Portrait of Walt Whitman

Portraits and Manuscripts

In addition to the materials on the fourth floor, the Class of 1945 Library's Special Collections include a number of portraits of famous authors, many of which are framed with handwritten letters (or in one case a poem) by the author.  These are hung throughout the library for all to see, and are another way in which the library seeks to be (in the words of Robert N. Shapiro '68) "a focus of the community...where one may linger and ponder."  More...

Poster from the original Exeter Remembered exhibit

Exeter Remembered

The Exeter Remembered exhibit was originally created in 1980 with funding from the N.H. Council for the Humanities, to acquaint the citizens of Exeter and New Hampshire with the way we were at the turn of the century. The prints gathered together in this exhibition represent the best of over four thousand glass plate negatives. These fragile images, the personal work of Albert C. Buzell, Edwin L. Cunningham and his son Edward W. Cunningham, constitute an invaluable social documentary.  More...