Permanent Collection

Jeanne d’Arc

Photo of Jeanne d'Arc sculpture in Carrier Library

Artist: Henri Chapu
Medium: Plaster copy of the ca. 1870-72 marble in the Musee du Louvre, Paris (on view in the City Hall of Amboise)
Location: : Carrier Library, 1st floor
Dimensions: 1.17 x 0.92 x 0.83m

Description: Four known copies of Jeanne d’ Arc reside in Virginia at the former state teacher’s colleges: Longwood, Madison, Mary Washington, and Radford. They are believed to be gifts from the French Government in appreciation for war relief efforts during World War I. Madison College’s New Student Building was presented with the statue in a formal school assembly in January of 1917. President and Mrs. Julian A. Burruss dedicated the statue with emphasis on Joan of Arc as representing the high ideals of womanhood. The 1996 restoration of this statue was made possible in part by the family of Elizabeth Katherine Miller Aigner, class of 1919.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
The Mahatma, “Great Soul”

Photo of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi statue in Rose Library

Medium: Bronze
Location: Rose Library, 1st floor

Description: The government of India presented a larger than life-size bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi as a gift to James Madison University in recognition of the work of the Gandhi Center. The statue was dedicated and unveiled on October 2, 2008, the International Day of Nonviolence and the birth anniversary of the Mahatma, by His Excellency Ronen Sen, Ambassador of India to the United States of America. The statue is the first of Mahatma Gandhi in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Diversity Mosaic

Photo of Diversity Mosaic in Rose Library

Artist: Sarah Swanlund, Various JMU clubs and organizations
Medium: Mosaic
Location: Rose Library, 1st and 2nd floor

Description: Two mosaics that decorate the first and second floor of Rose Library stand as a commemoration of diversity and inclusion at JMU. When JMU’s Diversity Office was calling for proposals for its annual Innovative Diversity Efforts Award, better known as the IDEA grant, the Diversity Mosaics were born. Thanks to artist and JMU LET employee Sarah Swanlund who led instructional workshops, student groups were able to add their own special pieces to the grand mosaic.

The end product being two mosaics that leave a lasting impression on the patrons of our libraries. Through this mosaic, each student group was able to leave a piece of their organization and themselves emblazoned on the walls of Rose in hopes of inspiring others to celebrate and reflect upon their own diversity.

International Week Photographs

Photo of one of the International Week photographs

Artist: Various JMU students
Medium: Photography
Location: Rose Library, 4th floor; Carrier Library, 1st and 2nd floor

Description: Since 2000, the JMU community has submitted photographs to the Office of International Programs documenting its travels outside the U.S. and around the globe. JMU Libraries celebrates the winners by decorating the walls of Carrier and Rose with these breathtaking photographs.

Little Gallery Underground

Photo collage of Little Gallery Underground exhibits

Artist: Local artists both within and without the JMU community
Medium: Various
Location: On the lower level of the JMU Music Building

Description: The gallery features rotating displays of art by local artists, both within the JMU community and beyond. What makes this gallery unique is the connection between visual art and music. This gallery is open during operational hours for the Music Library.

The 19th Amendment: A History of Women’s Rights on Campus

Photo of "The 19th Amendment: A History of Women's Rights on Campus" exhibit in Carrier Library
Research, Design and Installation: 
Pamela Schuelke Johnson and Julia Merkel with Madison Whitesell, Ashley Roth, Fiona Wirth, Matthew Perkins, and Renessa Rabenda
Medium: Historic clothing, costumes, images and ephemera
Location: First floor of Carrier near Historic Entrance
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Description: One hundred years since ratification, the impacts of the 19th Amendment still resonate with women across the country and at James Madison University. With a rich history as a women’s educational institution, women’s rights affect the lives and civic engagement of our campus community. Through resources from the Historic Clothing Collection and Special Collections, this exhibit illustrates a century of university political and social involvement.

This exhibit is free and open to the public during all library hours in the historic west wing of Carrier Library now through Spring 2020.

Exhibit News

Online Exhibits

Shakespeare in ShenandoahShakespeare in Shenandoah
The digital home for materials from JMU Libraries’ Shakespeare in Shenandoah exhibits.

The Power of Pulps: From the Newsstand to the Academy
Originally considered low-brow forms of literature, pulps continue to be the subject of scholarship as researchers explore both their form and their content.