Maine Women Writers Collection

 

“I Make Books” documents book artist Martha A. Hall’s creative responses to her cancer diagnoses and treatments. Hall’s books provided personal healing and an opportunity to convey her experience of navigating the health care system in the United States. One of her goals in making artist’s books about cancer treatment was to facilitate conversations with health care practitioners about their interactions with patients. Hall carefully decided to place her books at UNE because of the University’s focus on health care. The film — like her books — act as a beginning point for conversations about patients’ lived experiences. Hall died from cancer in December 2003.


The Maine Women Writers Collection (MWWC) is a permanently endowed special collection of published and unpublished literary, cultural, and social history sources by and about Maine women. Among its goals are to honor and celebrate the work of new, established, and historical women writers, as well as to foster archives-based scholarly work in women’s and gender studies.

The collection includes rare and contemporary volumes, manuscript material, memorabilia, artifacts and artwork documenting Maine women's engagement with regional and national concerns, from the nineteenth century to the present. Jointly overseen by a curator and the Dorothy M. Healy Professor of Literature, the Collection is housed in a state-of-the-art facility and is dedicated as a national Literary Landmark.


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MWWC Director Jennifer Tuttle addresses the audience at the 60th anniversary celebration of the Maine Women Writers Collection
MWWC Director Jennifer Tuttle addresses the audience at the 60th anniversary celebration of the Maine Women Writers Collection, held at the UNE Portland Campus’ Abplanalp Library on June 14.

Maine Women Writers Collection celebrates 60 years

In the same year that Mattell introduced the Barbie Doll and only 35 percent of college students were female, two Westbrook Junior College (WJC) instructors...

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