Mary Randlett Portraits: Exhibit & Book Talk in Odegaard

20 11 2014

Join us for a book talk on Mary Randlett Portraits with author Frances McCue on Thursday, November 20 at 5:00 pm in Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220.  View the exhibit celebrating the newly released book in which McCue shares stories of Northwest artists, writers and arts advocates, gleaned from long conversations with Randlett and research in Special Collections.

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Mary Randlett Portraits by Frances McCue (UW Press 2014)

The exhibit  (October 20-January 20 in the Odegaard Library galleries) features Mary Randlett’s black-and-white photographic portraits of artists Morris Graves, Mark Tobey, Theodore Roethke, Jacob and Gwen Lawrence and George Tsutuakawa; writers Tom Robbins, Henry Miller, and Colleen McElroy; arts patron Betty Bowen and many more.  The portraits are selected from Randlett’s life work of approximately 70,000 photographs held by University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.  Randett, known for both her landscapes and portraits, began documenting iconic Pacific Northwest artists in 1949. In 1963, Theodore Roethke asked her to photograph him in his Seattle home; hers were the last pictures taken of the poet before his death, and they garnered international attention.

McCue is an award-winning poet, essayist, and arts administrator. She is founding director of the Richard Hugo House and currently teaches writing and literature as a writer-in-residence at the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Honors Program.

Libraries Special Collections purchased the Mary Randlett Photograph Collection in 2003 through generous donor support.  In honor of Randlett’s 90th birthday this year, a major effort is being made to complete an access project for the collection. Supporters can give online to the Randlett Photography Project.





Roethke Recordings Available Online

18 09 2008

As recently reported in the New York Times, recordings of the American poet, Theodore Roethke, reading selected works are among the latest additions to The Poetry Archive.  This project to make historic recordings of poetry read by their authors freely available to the public was initiated by U.K. Poet Laureate Andrew Motion in 2005.   With the cooperation of the Poetry Foundation, the collection has expanded its scope to include American authors.

The Special Collections Division holds many materials relating to Roethke (who was a member of the University of Washington faculty from 1947-1963), including his papers.  The Roethke papers are described in a rather complicated finding aid, which you can begin to work your way through here.  Although the collection contains many photographs, this image is from our nearby neighbor, the Museum of History and Industry.  It shows Roethke (right) with Seattle-born musician and composer, Armand Russell in an undisclosed location.  Russell, who trained at the University of Washington, played double bass with the Seattle Symphony and several other orchestras, before joining the faculty of the University of Hawaii in 1961.

Image credit: Armand Russell and Theodore Roethke, Seattle, 1955. Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle, Image No. 1986.5.41028.








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