Library Opens Exhibit on Jan Morris Collection

Posted: December 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm

University Libraries Special Collections and Archives (SC&A) has opened a new exhibit, “Excerpts from a Life Well-Traveled,” in Fenwick Library, Second Floor, A Wing. The exhibit is also highlighted online.

The exhibit includes selected works from the Jan Morris Collection of the University Libraries. Morris, a renowned travel writer, is also known for her personal life. Born a male, she underwent sex reassignment surgery in the 1970s and wrote a book about it, “Conundrum: From James to Jan — An Extraordinary Personal Narrative of Transsexualism.”

The exhibit displays a number of Morris’ prominent works, with selected excerpts from each. A few of the books on display include “Conundrum,” “Islam Inflamed,” Manhattan ’45” and “The Presence of Spain.”

The exhibit was curated by SC&A staff and will be on display until April 2011.

For more information, contact Leah Donnelly at 703-993-2220 or

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