University of Central Florida Libraries

OCTOBER 27 -DECEMBER 10, 2004   

F R A N K E N S T E I N  

Penetrating the Secrets of Nature   










Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature is a fascinating traveling exhibition based on an exhibition produced by the National Library of Medicine in 1997. It explores the many themes evoked by Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus. This exhibition has been made possible by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and through a collaboration of the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association.

The UCF Frankenstein extravaganza includes the following displays, which are scheduled at the locations listed below. During its three year itinerary, the exhibit will visit 80 libraries across the U.S.  Link to the American Library Association's Frankenstein website for detailed information about the exhibit.

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Book Jacket Queen

Main Library, 2nd Floor

Franken-themed Book Jackets Welcomed into the UCF Libraries 2002-2004
The Book Jacket Queen is pleased to share a sampling of glorious Frankenstein-themed jackets that formerly adorned books currently in the UCF Libraries' collections (academic libraries in the United States discard the jackets on their books). Your reference librarians will be happy to help locate the books that used to be in the jackets!


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Peter Spyers-Duran

Main Library, 2nd Floor

Transgenic Cloning, a Fantastic Future!
Display created by Peter Spyers-Duran, UCF Reference Librarian. What techniques will be used in the future to clone animals? Explore the exhibit of year 2004 U.S. patent applications, filed under U.S. Patent Classification 800/21 to see revolutionary methods for making transgenic non-human animals. The word transgenic refers to an organism whose genome has been altered by the transfer of a gene or genes from another species or breed. The technologies claimed in these patent applications are so new that registered patents will not be forthcoming for many years. Information on how to conduct a proper patent search on any topic will be available with the display.

Visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office at:


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Dana Summers

Main Library, 2nd Floor

Dana Summers Electrified by Frankenstein
Dana Summers began cartooning in the 1970ís and has been an editorial cartoonist with the
Orlando Sentinel since May 1982. His cartoons are nationally syndicated by Tribune Media Services and appear regularly in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, and Readers Digest.

He is the creator of the Bound & Gagged comic strip appearing in 150 papers nationally and internationally and is also the co-creator of the popular strip, The Middletons, with Orlando Sentinel cartoonist Ralph Dunagin.

Frankenstein themes are often a part of Mr. Summers' work.


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Cheryl Mahan

Main Library, 2nd Floor

Frankenstein: The Novel -- Since 1818 Never Out of Print!

Display created by Cheryl Mahan, UCF Reference Librarian. Over thirty editions of Mary Shelley's novel and other Frankenstein stories, each with its own unique graphic images of the creature and of the themes evoked by the classic gothic novel.


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Victorian mourning and funeral customs

Main Library, 2nd Floor

Final Respects: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs

Display created by the Maitland Historical Society. A look at Victorian cultural traditions from the Maitland Historical Society, this exhibit displays the history and emotion of Victorian mourning and funeral customs. With stories, artifacts, and textiles from the Waterhouse family and other Maitland pioneer families, this display offers detailed examples of Victorian funerals, women in mourning, social customs and more.


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Science Fiction

Main Library, 5th Floor
Special Collections

Ultimate Sci-Fi Collection
Display created by Milton Wolf, Head of Collection Management and published author. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is generally recognized as the first science fiction novel. This exhibit pays homage to Shelley by exploring the Science Fiction genre and its themes such as bio-technology, as well as showcasing the Libraries' Fantasy-Horror collection.

Special Collections is open Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm.


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Cynthia Burris &
Nancy Stephens

Main Library, 2nd Floor
Art Wall

It's Alive! It's Alive! The Pervasive Influence of Teenager Mary Shelley's Frankenstein on American Culture.
This exhibit, presented on the 72 foot long Art Wall, showcases the many ways in which Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has permeated American culture and society through films, comics, advertising, discussions of cloning and other scientific advances.


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A Guide to Monsters:
Starring Frankenstein

(Frankenstein exhibit removed in mid-November)

Education Complex Bldg., Curriculum Materials Center (CMC)
Room 194

A Guide to Monsters: Starring Frankenstein
Display create by CMC staff member Nicole Sotak. Where do you find a monster? How do you identify a monster? What monsters should you avoid? Find the answers to these questions and more in the CMC Library's monster display. Frankenstein himself is the host! Check out the selection of K-12 materials, both fun and educational, including items pertaining to monsters, science, horror and fantasy. Display may be seen October 4 through November 14.

Visit the CMC website at


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