the stuff of a collection isn't stuff at all. "When
I was in my 20s I discovered the joy of collecting old family
photographs," says Amy Christianson Goerwitz, AB'83. A recovered
collector of cat-related things, Goerwitz has sorted, cataloged,
and archivally stored at least 200 "old" photographs
of her and her husband's families, dating to the last quarter
of the 19th century. In a 1911 photo Goerwitz's infant grandmother
poses with her parents, three brothers, and ten sisters-the eldest
30 years older than she. A June 1930 wedding picture shows the
same grandmother, married on her eldest sister's 25th wedding
anniversary and her parent's 50th wedding anniversary. "This
picture was printed in newspapers around the country and is the
one time that my family has made national news."
Early, AM'80, surrounds herself with images too, though it's St.
Michael-"Archangel of Fire, head of the heavenly host, patron
saint of the police, guardian of the Jewish people, and psychopomp"-peering
down from her mantel. Her collection ranges from a plaster reproduction
of a relief by Andrea Della Robia to a "fuzzy South American
arpillera depicting St. Michael in a modest nightgown driving
the explicitly naked Adam and Eve out of the Garden." Since
Early moved the immortal fireman from her kitchen, "the smoke
alarm goes off a lot less often now."