Wednesday, April 18, 2012

World Premiere of Lynd Ward Documentary

Film highlights work of graphic novel pioneer

Penn State University Libraries will host the world premiere of 217 Films' new documentary on Lynd Ward (1905-1985), the father of the American graphic novel and one of the most prolific book illustrators and printmakers in the history of American art, at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

The film, "O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward," will be introduced by filmmaker Michael Maglaras with Robin Ward Savage, the artist’s daughter, in attendance. Featuring more than 150 wood engravings, drawings, and illustrations by this important American artist and storyteller, the 90-minute film brings the creativity of Ward to life and illustrates his mastery of narrative without text. Ward is best known for his six “novels without words” produced between 1929 and 1937. His work chronicles American life in the 20th century, and demonstrates his deep personal commitment to social justice and the plight of the workingman surrounding the years of the Great Depression.

217 Films is an independent film company founded by Michael Maglaras. The Sacramento Bee newspaper called Maglaras a filmmaker of "Bergman-like gravitas." His work has been described as "virtuoso filmmaking" (National Gallery of Art), "alive and fresh" (Art New England), and "elegiac and insightful" (Naples Daily News).

New York Times writer Eve M. Kahn has more on the film at A preview of the film and other projects by 217 Films, the work of Maglaras and Terri Templeton, can be viewed at

Housed at Penn State University Park in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection of the Special Collections Library, The Lynd Ward Collection is an example of the University Libraries' strong holdings in fine printing, printmaking techniques, children’s books, graphic novels and original artwork for illustrated books. A gift from 217 Films to the Libraries has helped to digitize Ward's work and expand research opportunities for scholars and students interested in learning more about the creative process, illustration and the book arts.

For more information, including physical access and special accommodations, contact Steven Herb at 814-863-5774.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 Research Travel Award Winners

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural travel awards program. All winners will visit the Special Collections Library between June and August of 2012.

Dorothy Foehr Huck award winners:

  • Christine Garwood, University of Hertfordshire. Her topic is "Prophets and Prophecies in Britain and America, 1750-1999" and she will be making extensive use of Arthur O. Lewis Utopia Collection alongside contextual material in the Science Fiction collection and Hostetler and Huntingdon collections on the Hutterites and Amish.
  • Kyle Jensen, University of North Texas. His topic is "Kenneth Burke's A Rhetoric of Motives: A Fluid-text Edition" and will be using the newest addition to the Kenneth Burke papers.
  • Gwen Kay, SUNY Oswego. Her topic is "Changing names, changing identities? -- Examining the change in mission, vision and name from the College of Home Economics to Human Development to Health and Human Development." She will use several records groups from the University Archives.
  • Rachel Pierce, University of Virginia. Her topic is "Capitol Feminism: Work, Politics and Gender in Congress, 1960-1980" She will examines the political culture of Capitol Hill and the impact of the women's liberation movement on that culture through research in the "A Few Good Women" oral history collection among other collections.
Helen F. Faust Women Writers award winner:

  • Taryne Jade Taylor, University of Iowa. Her topic is "Remembering the Future, Redefining the Past: A Study of Nineteenth Century British Feminist Utopias." She will make extensive use of Arthur O. Lewis Utopia Collection and other related materials.
During their research visit, the winners will be invited to give a short, informal presentation about their research that will be open to the public.