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Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

Current Exhibits

Merry Christmas from Dr. Anna M. Gove

Anna Maria Gove was born July 6, 1867, in Whitefield, New Hampshire. After her education at MIT and Woman's Medical College of New York Infirmary, from which she graduated in 1892, Dr. Gove served for a year in the New York Infant Asylum. In 1893 she came to the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG). She remained at the school as resident physician, professor of hygiene, and director of the Department of Health until her retirement in 1937.

Fond of travel, Dr. Gove visited many parts of the world. In 1896-1897 and again in 1913-1914, she visited Vienna for postgraduate study. During WWI, she served with the Red Cross in the Children's Relief Division in Marseilles and Ardèche and with the Smith College Relief Unit. In 1926-1927 she took a leave of absence from the college and traveled extensively in the Orient. She also spent many summers in study and clinical work in the United States at Cornell, Chicago, New York and Michigan. Dr. Gove died in Greensboro on January 28, 1948.

Dr. Gove received numerous letters and cards from students, friends, and family. This exhibit features Christmas cards from the Dr. Anna Maria Gove Papers. For more information on the collection, please contact the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives ( or 334-5246), located in the Jackson Library.

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In 1936, Kay Brown read the yet unpublished manuscript of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind and convinced producer David O. Selznick to buy the legal rights and produce the film.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.