25 June - 6 August 2004
Center for British and Irish Studies
Fifth Floor, Norlin Library
University of Colorado at Boulder

About | Opening Gala | Speaker Series | Film Series | Concurrent Programs and Events | Calendar | Exhibit Hours | Directions and Parking | Sponsors | Resources

About the Exhibit

The University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries is proud to have been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) as one of 40 libraries to host the national tour of Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend. This traveling exhibit, organized by the Newberry Library and ALA's Public Programs Office with major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth I of England. It encourages audiences not only to reacquaint themselves with the Queen, but also to become more familiar with the historical and cultural forces that shaped her personality and her time and examine the mixture of history and legend that continues to surround her today.

Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend is based on a major exhibition at the Newberry Library that opened in Chicago on 30 September 2003. To learn more about the traveling exhibit, please visit the ALA Public Programs Office's current public programs. The exhibit at CU will be augmented by a series of lectures and concurrent exhibits centered on the main exhibition themes, detailed below.

Sieve Portrait of Queen Elizabeth, circa 1580-83
Private Collection

Opening Gala

Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and author of The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power, will deliver the keynote presentation, "Elizabeth I: Dreams of Danger," at the exhibit's opening gala. The gala will take place from 3:00-6:00pm on Friday 25 June 2004. Like the rest of the events associated with the exhibit, it is free and open to the public.

Speaker Series

Several scholars of early modern English studies will be giving talks on Elizabeth I and her times in the Center for British and Irish Studies during the tenure of the exhibit. All will take place from 3:30-5:00pm.

Monday, 28 June: Marjorie McIntosh, Department of History, "Queen Elizabeth and the Status of Elizabethan Women"
Friday, 9 July: Jeremy Smith, College of Music, "Music and the Cult of Elizabeth: The Politics of Panegyric and Sound"
Friday, 23 July:
Jim Symons, Department of Theatre & Dance, "Shakespeare's Richard II and the Essex Rebellion: Renaissance Agitprop Theatre?"
Friday, 6 August: Katherine Eggert, Department of English, "Young Princes and Old Queens: Hamlet and the End of the Elizabethan Age"

Film Series

Films on the life and times of Elizabeth I will be shown at the Boulder Public Library Auditorium, at the Main Branch. All start at 7:00 pm.

Monday, 19 July - The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939; 106 min.)
A drama about the political intrigue and royal ambitions motivating Robert Devereux's courtship of the queen. Directed by Michaeul Curtiz; Writing credits Maxwell Anderson (play) and Norman Reilly Raine; Starring Bette Davis as Elizabeth I and Errol Flynn as the dashing Earl of Essex.

Monday, 26 July - Mary, Queen of Scots (1971; 128 min.)
A film about the rivalry between Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I. Directed by Charles Jarrott; Writing credits John Hale; Starring Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth and Vanessa Redgrave as Mary.

Thursday, 29 July - Elizabeth (1998; 124 min.)
Directed by Shekhar Kapur; Writing credits Michael Hirst; Starring Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth, Joseph Fiennes as Robert Dudley, and Geoffrey Rush as Sir Francis Walsingham.

The film series is sponsored by the Friends of the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries, Department of Film Studies, and the Boulder Public Library.

Concurrent Programs and Events

The timing of the exhibit coincides with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) 2004 season. The Friends of the Libraries are sponsoring an exhibit of costumes from the CSF collection, on display in the Center for British and Irish Studies concurrent with the Elizabeth I exhibit. In addition, it will be the first stop on the CSF Backstage Tours itinerary.

The Special Collections Department of the CU Libraries is mounting a special exhibit, "The World of Gloriana: Books and Manuscripts from the Age of Elizabeth I." It will be open for viewing in room N345 on the third floor of Norlin Library Tuesdays-Thursdays 1-5 pm, and Fridays 1-6 pm. The display will also be open from 1-4 pm on Saturday, June 26.

The Boulder Public Library is also offering programs related to the exhibit themes, including book club discussions and children’s programs. For details please visit their Programs and Special Departments.

Signature of Elizabeth I
University of Kansas, Kenneth Spencer Research Library


Friday, 25 June, 3:00-6:00pm - Opening gala
Monday, 28 June, 3:30-5:00pm - Speaker Series, Marjorie McIntosh, Department of History
Thursday, 8 July, 7:00-9:00pm - Boulder Public Library Free Film Program, "Prince and the Pauper," Chautauqua
Friday, 9 July, 3:30-5:00pm - Speaker Series, Jeremy Smith, School of Music
Monday, 19 July, 7:00-9:00pm - Film Series, "Elizabeth the Queen," Boulder Public Library Auditorium
Tuesday, 20 July, 11:00am - Boulder Public Library Children's Program, Costume Party with Queen Elizabeth I, Boulder Public Library Children's Room
Friday, 23 July, 3:30-5:00pm - Speaker Series, Jim Symons, Department of Theatre & Dance
Monday, 26 July, 7:00-9:00pm - Film Series, "Mary Queen of Scots," Boulder Public Library Auditorium
Thursday, 29 July, 7:00-9:00pm - Film Series, "Elizabeth," Boulder Public Library Auditorium
Friday, 6 August, 3:30-5:00pm - Speaker Series, Katherine Eggert, Department of English
Friday 6 August, 5:00pm - Exhibit closes

Exhibit Hours

The exhibit will be open noon-6:30pm daily. The only exception is July 3-5 (Saturday-Monday), when the exhibit will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday.

Directions & Parking

Weekdays before 5:00pm, visitors may park in metered parking (gray meters) and pay lots, the largest of which is the Euclid AutoPark ($1.50/hour). You can locate these parking options in pink on this interactive campus map.

Evenings after 5:00pm and on weekends, visitors have the following options:

Links with directions to campus and accessibility information for Norlin Library.

For more information on visitor parking options see the Parking and Transportation Services web site.

Please note that that campus lots may be closed for other events.


This exhibition has been made possible in part by two major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, promoting excellence in the humanities. Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Vance Family Fund and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hosting the exhibit at CU and funding for the programs surrounding it were made possible by generous contributions from the Center for British and Irish Studies, Friends of the Libraries, Special Collections Department, Center for Humanities and the Arts, College of Music, Department of English, Department of Film Studies, Department of History, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Colorado at Boulder, the Boulder Public Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Newberry Library's Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend Web Site, including suggested reading, recommended listening, and filmography

About | Opening Gala | Speaker Series | Film Series | Concurrent Programs and Events | Calendar | Exhibit Hours | Directions and Parking | Sponsors | Resources

This page was last updated on 16 July 2004. Please send any comments or suggestions to Thea Lindquist or Jennifer Knievel.