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Sometimes 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."

Kate 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."





  OCTOBER 2001

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