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John M. Shaw event

March 29, 2011

Childhood in Poetry books by John Mackay Shaw

Childhood in Poetry books by John MacKay Shaw

On Thursday, March 17, Florida State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives hosted an event highlighting the John M. Shaw Childhood in Poetry Collection. On display were works by Robert Burns, Dr. Seuss, Lewis Carroll, A.A. Milne, and many others.

Over 40 people were in attendance at the event, with appetizers provided by A  La Provence. Speakers for the event included Julia Zimmerman, Dean of the FSU Libraries; Fred Standley, Professor Emeritus of FSU’s Department of English; Cathmar Prange, daughter of John M. Shaw; and James Birchfield, Curator of Rare Books at University of Kentucky Libraries.

Prior to Dr. Birchfield’s remarks, Doris Henderson, President of the St. Andrew Society of Tallahassee, presented a gift of $2,000 to benefit the Shaw Collection. John M. Shaw served as the first president of Tallahassee’s St. Andrew Society, and the Society has been a long-time supporter of the Shaw Collection.

Following his remarks, Dr. Birchfield presented to Special Collections an original handwritten poem by John Henry Eaton, Territorial Governor of Florida. This 1834 manuscript is comprised of six lines of verse composed for a young lady’s album. It will become part of the Shaw Childhood in Poetry Collection.

Available below is a selection of photos from the event. The collection will continue to be featured in the Special Collections Exhibit Room on the first floor of Strozier Library until April 15.

Maurice Sendack Collection

Maurice Sendack Collection

Various Children's Titles

Various Children’s Titles

Pied Piper of Hamelin Collection

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Collection

Zilpha Underwood, Liz Johnson, and Sammie Morris of University Libraries

Zilpha Underwood, Liz Johnson, and Sammie Morris of University Libraries

Doris Henderson examines some of the exhibit

Doris Henderson, of the St. Andrew’s Society, examines some of the exhibit

Some of the event crowd mingles

Some of the event crowd mingles

Group preparing to enter the Special Collections Exhibit Room

Group preparing to enter the Special Collections Exhibit Room

The guest book

The guest book

Doris Henderson speaks to the group

Doris Henderson speaks to the group

The group listens to one of the speakers at the Shaw event

The group listens to one of the speakers at the Shaw event

Cathmar Prange prepares to speak to the group

Cathmar Prange, daughter of John Shaw, prepares to speak to the group

Cathmar Prange speaks at the exhibit

Cathmar Prange speaks at the exhibit

James Birchfield, Curator of Rare Books for University of Kentucky Library, speaks to the group

James Birchfield, Curator of Rare Books at University of Kentucky Libraries, speaks to the group

The crowd listens attentively to James Birchfield's speech

The crowd listens attentively to James Birchfield’s speech

The four speakers

The four speakers: Fred Standley, James Birchfield, Cathmar Prange, and Julia Zimmerman

A guest views part of the collection

A guest views part of the collection

Gina Woodward, Mafe Brooks, and Sammie Morris

Gina Woodward, Mafe Brooks, and Sammie Morris pose with the exhibit sign

Julia Zimmerman and Sammie Morris

Julia Zimmerman and Sammie Morris pose before the exhibit

The crowd mingles around the appetizers table

The crowd mingles around the appetizers table

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