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Margie Helm Winners announced at holiday luncheon

The Margie Helm Award winners were recognized at the end of December at the Gondolier during the Libraries holiday luncheon.


Winners included: John Gottfried, Faculty Award; Amanda Hardin, Staff Award; Sarah Zibart and Katie DeCoursey,Student Award for Library Public Services; Lyndsey Pender, Student Award for Library Special Collections;Kelli Storm, Student Award for Library Technical Services; and Faraway Flix won the Team Award including committee members Shaden Melky (Chair), Uma Doraiswamy, Lisa Miller, Jack Montgomery, Tony Pagnelli, and Jennifer Wilson.

Approximately 80 faculty, staff, and students attended.

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Speaking with Pictures

James Proctor Knott cartoons

James Proctor Knott cartoons

James Proctor Knott (1830-1911) was a native of Marion County, Kentucky who practiced law in Memphis, Missouri before being elected attorney general of that state in 1860.  As the country moved toward civil war, he did not adopt the pieties of either side; he disapproved of secession but declined to take a prescribed loyalty oath to the U.S. government, an act that led to his disbarment and a brief stay in prison.  Knott then moved back to Kentucky (his second wife’s family lived in Bowling Green), where he became a member of Congress and then governor.

James Proctor Knott sketch of man readingKnott also liked to draw.  A collection of his sketches and cartoons is part of the Knott Collection in the Manuscripts & Folklife Archives holdings of WKU’s Department of Library Special Collections.  Executed in pencil, ink and watercolor, they show Knott’s appreciation of human, plant, animal and architectural forms.  On one small rendering of a landscape, he has added these lines from Hamlet: “We must speak by the card [precisely, that is], or equivocation will undo us.”

James Proctor Knott landscape with Hamlet quote

Click here for a collection finding aid.  For more collections relating to artists and cartoonists, search TopSCHOLAR and KenCat.

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