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Mathes Reading Figurines Collection


The Mathes Reading Figurines Collection contains over 200 figurines, small sculptures, carvings, and figure groups depicting the act of reading. Created from a wide range of materials, including wood, sandstone, ivory, bronze, paper mache, porcelain, bone china, stone, and glass, the pieces in the collection vary in size from under one-inch to over two-feet high.


The foundation of the collection is the generous gift of Mrs. Miriam B. Snow Mathes (1896-2003), a member of the University faculty from 1934 until her retirement in 1971.


A changing selection of items from the collection is always on display in Wilson Library. Figurines not on display may be viewed by appointment in Special Collections.

 

 
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