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July 26, 2022

Digitization of John Dewey Reel-to-Reel Films

Thanks to a generous donation from Mr. Jun Zhou all of the motion-picture film reels in the John Dewey Papers have been fully digitized! The 91 reels or 17,000 feet of film were quickly deteriorating due to their age, their content nearly lost to history. Most of the film features Dewey's family during their travels around the world. Visitors to Special Collections can view the files during normal open hours. The files will be made available online at a later date.

May 23, 2022

Drawing with Scissors: The Art of Polly Winkler-Mitchell, 1970s-2000s

Location: Hall of Presidents and Chancellors, Morris Library

Times: Monday – Friday, 8:30–4:30

Celebrating Polly Winkler-Mitchell’s life and art, the exhibit recounts her journey in scherenschnitte, the folk art of intricate paper cutting. The exhibit features samples of her work from materials donated to Special Collections by her husband, Marion Mitchell. Winkler-Mitchell, who died in 2019, characterized her art as “drawing with scissors.” She sold her artwork at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at craft fairs and from her home in Carbondale. Winkler-Mitchell distinguished herself from traditional scherenschnitte artists when she began creating color collages of local scenes in the 1990s. In 2012, the Friends of Morris Library purchased several of Winkler-Mitchell’s collages depicting the university’s history for permanent display on the library’s third floor.

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