CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 16, 2000
Atomic Power to American Pie free exhibit is on view at UI Main Library
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Libraries has opened "The
Fifties: From Atomic Power to American Pie," a new exhibition on the
1950s in the North Exhibition Hall of the Main Library that runs now through
January 2001. The exhibit can be seen during regular library hours.
For some, the 1950s were known as the Fabulous Fifties and for others, the
decade was far from fabulous.
In political and international affairs, the decade saw the escalation of
the Korean War, the onset of the nuclear arms race, and anticommunist hysteria
that set the stage for the Cold War.
Materials on display at the exhibition are drawn from the UI Libraries Collection
and materials borrowed from local private collections. Among the items on
view are a case of '50s memorabilia: bowling shirts, pulp fiction novels,
kitsch ceramic figurines, and toys such as Robbie the Robot, an item taken
from the collection of collector Todd Thelen.
UI Hawkeye regalia, photos of the UI from that area and images of TV culture
and magazines, like "Life" magazine's Feb. 27, 1950 cover of the
famed mushroom cloud explosion are also on display.
The exhibit was prepared by Ellen Hammond, Kären Mason, Marguerite
Perret, Bob McCown and Stephen Dew with the assistance of Gary Frost, Ann
Embree and Tod Thelen.
For additional information, contact the UI Libraries at (319) 335-5867.