Working with Colley-Lee’s collection are (clockwise from left) Mattie Abraham, Coordinator for Special Collections’ Manuscripts Division, MSU Libraries; Gerald Chaudron, Manuscripts faculty member, MSU Libraries; Donisha Smiley, Manuscripts library assistant, MSU Libraries; Howarth; and Colley-Lee. Photo credit: Jim Tomlinson/MSU Libraries.
Shirley Reiff Howarth – director of the Montreal, Quebec-based Humanities Exchange – and Mississippi costumer and designer Myrna Colley-Lee are special guests of MSU Libraries this week as Ms. Howarth researches the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection at Mitchell Memorial Library.
Founded in 1981, The Humanities Exchange is devoted to the international exchange and touring of museum exhibitions and to encouraging understanding and mutual respect among cultures around the world. Ms. Howarth, an art historian and former museum director and curator who has worked with museums for over 35 years, is researching Colley-Lee’s work in preparation for a book and a major exhibition.
Donated to MSU Libraries in 2006, the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection, housed in Mitchell Memorial Library’s Special Collections department, consists of scripts, photographs, costuming breakdowns, rehearsal notes from directors, research, playbills, newspaper articles, and thank-you notes from cast members and production crews, as well as other novelties.
For more information about the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection, please contact Mattie Abraham, Coordinator of Special Collections, at 662-325-3848. For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.