December 3, 2021 to January 25, 2022
Woodcut illustration titled "Undeveloped" with a dark thick forest, with birds sitting on the branches of trees in the foreground.
Michael Dal Cerro’s Small World Alphabet is a series of environment-inspired woodcuts drawing on nature over 26 prints, from “Agriculture” to “Zoo,” passing through “Undeveloped,” a scene of wilderness untouched by humankind. (Rare Book - Vinyard NE1112 .D35 S53 1992)

What do you think of when you think of peace? 

There is peace on a grand scale: peace in the absence of war. Then there is peace in nature, like that found when seeing a blanket of freshly fallen snow on the Sunken Garden, and inner peace, like the feeling of contentment you may experience after finishing final exams.

Peace can also be found in poems, artbooks, and zines in Swem’s Special Collections, like those displayed in this exhibit.

Curation: Adrienne Resha, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies and 2021-2022 Special Collections Exhibits Apprentice

Design: Jennie Davy, Exhibits Manager; exhibit background image from

Fabrication and Installation: Adrienne Resha and Jennie Davy