New Kids on the Block

Posted on: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 10:00am

New Kids on the Block

Recent Acquisitions
Mathes Reading Figurines Collection

The Mathes Reading Figurines Collections is the gift of Mrs. Miriam B. Snow Mathes (1905-2003), a member of the Western faculty from 1934 to 1971.

During her long career at Western, Mrs. Mathes served as Librarian of Children’s Literature, Campus School Librarian, and Professor of Library of Science. She began collecting “reading figurines” in 1939, purchasing many on her frequent travels all over the world. Friends and former students who knew of her interest often added to the collection through personal gifts.

Donated to the Libraries in 1999, the collection continues to grow. Some new pieces have been donated by people who enjoyed seeing the figurines on display. Other pieces were purchased using funds provided by Mrs. Mathes for this purpose through her estate gifts to Western. The Winter Quarter 2009 exhibit features new pieces acquired from 2006 through 2008.

Featured figurines are: Ayacucho woman reading to four children, Quest, Girl in armchair reading, Reading girl, Studious siblings, Studious siblings bookends, and Catherine Parr.

Display by Dan Burghoffer and Pattie Dawn Moon

Located next to the entrance of the Skybridge from the North.

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