Kay Brown, David O. Selznick, and Gone with the Wind
The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a new exhibit - Kay Brown, David O. Selznick, and Gone with the Wind. This exhibit features photographs and mementos from the life of Kay Brown, Eastern Representative of Selznick International Studios, including artifacts and costume lithographs from the movie Gone with the Wind.
In 1936, Kay Brown read the yet unpublished manuscript of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind and convinced producer David O. Selznick to buy the legal rights and produce the film. Gone with the Wind premiered in December of 1939 and became an instant critical and financial success. The movie swept the 1940 Academy Awards - nominated in thirteen categories and winning in eight.
After Selznick liquidated his studio in 1942, Brown became a talent scout and agent, representing stars such as Rex Harrison, Montgomery Clift, and John Gielgud, as well as writers Arthur Miller and Lillian Hellman. Brown was considered a brilliant and powerful presence in the literary and film industry until her retirement at 80. In addition to her career, she had a full personal life, marrying James Barrett and having two daughters, Laurinda and Kate. Dr. Kate Barrett is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Kinesiology of the School of Health and Human Sciences at UNCG and continues to be involved in many university projects.
This exhibit will be featured in the Hodges Reading Room from October 1, 2014 until January 7, 2015. The Reading Room is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Lois Lenski: Art, Illustration, Literature, Research
Through May 31, 2014
A thematic exhibit based on the Lois Lenski Papers and collections housed in The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives examines the work of Lois Lenski throughout her life. The exhibit is an attempt to show some aspects of Lenski's work that are familiar to many readers of her books, but also highlight other aspects that are not so well known. The exhibit uses artwork, research material made and collected by Lois herself, and interactive audio clips to provide context and expand our knowledge of her accomplishments.