Image of AU buildings during WWI

World War I Remembered: Camp AU

In 1917, American University (AU) offered the government use of its unfinished campus for army training. At the time, AU only had two buildings: Hurst Hall and McKinley. The Army used both buildings during the war years. The government established two separate camps, Camp American University and Camp Leach.

The photo above is of those two buildings during that era. For more information and images, please visit the University Archives located in the Spring Valley Building on campus.

Recent Exhibits

Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle: The Campus Scene 1925-2000

Did you know that AU students participated in campus clean-up activities as far back as the 1930s? Are you curious about AU history? Check out the library's newest exhibit, Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle: The Campus Scene 1925-2000. Through photographs and publications from the University Archives, you can get a taste of undergraduate life at AU over the years. You will discover AU's artistic and literary accomplishments as well as learn about freshman rules and other traditions including homecoming and orientation.

Judging a Book by its Cover: 19th Century Cloth Bindings from the Liman and Martin Collections

American University Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit which showcases examples of the different styles of publishers' bindings from American University Library's Les A. Liman and Artemas Martin Collections. Come learn about book history and test your book IQ. Try to match the decorative techniques listed in the caption to the books on display.

Exhibit Space located on the 1st floor next to Circulation & Reserves at Bender Library

Older Exhibits

  • AU Faculty: Life outside the classroom
  • Civil War Retrospective
  • Basketball: An AU Tradition
  • AU in the 1970s: A Snapshot
  • Gaming: History, Theory and Practice
  • Peace Corps Photo Installation
  • Discourse on the Americas: Current Scholarship from AU's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Picturing the Potomac
  • Voices of Terezín: Art as a Strategy for Survival
  • Look into Burma: An Exhibit by the Student Campaign for Burma