Art and Artifacts

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Art and Artifacts

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Since its inception in 1906, Eastern Kentucky State Normal School (now known as Eastern Kentucky University) began acquiring art and historical artifacts that have shaped and reflected the institution’s unique history.

In that year, for example, when Edgar C. Crawford became the first director of Eastern’s Model School, he arranged--at his own expense--for a table to be moved from his home in Bardstown to his new office in Richmond. Rather than taking the table when he left Eastern in the summer of 1908, Crawford elected to leave a little bit of himself behind, both literally and figuratively. The table was transferred to the library (then located in the Central University Preparatory School Building) where it remained until 1918 when it, along with the library, moved to the second story of the Cammack Building. With the completion of the Crabbe Library in 1924, the table found yet another home. Pictures from the Eastern Progress show the table in the “Kentucky Room,” home of the John Wilson Townsend Collection. Today, the table can be found in the Dean of Libraries’ office, uncelebrated and unrecognized.

As the history of the “Colonel Crawford table" suggests, a variety of objects on Eastern’s campus, ranging from artworks to furniture to plaques, have historical and/or cultural value, yet have not been catalogued or, in some cases, even recognized in the past. In February of 2006, Joyce Miller was hired to identify and inventory these resources and provide a preliminary assessment of their physical condition. To begin this process, she examined university property inventories (completed by Facilities Services), physically inspected campus buildings, and interviewed a variety of faculty and staff to create a list of potential historical resources.

Additional information came from historical studies of Eastern, press releases, newspapers, yearbooks, photographs and university records. Resources were then evaluated in terms of their cultural and historical--rather than strictly aesthetic or financial--value to the university. As a result, this inventory includes the work of internationally-known sculptor Felix DeWeldon, as well as a generic headstone marking the burial place of Mozart, Eastern’s unofficial canine mascot from 1947 to 1964. While many of the items included are quite valuable monetarily, all are important historical resources revealing much about the culture of Eastern, past and present.

Contributor

Jackie Couture
Daniel Weddington
Samantha Jeffers
Jennifer Oberhausen

Collection Items

American Woodcock engraving.

A color lithograph by artist Paul Sawyier. An article in Richmond Register (July 8, 1995) indicates that the Kentucky Historical Society and Creative Arts by Sherri (of Richmond) donated "a dozen different" Paul Sawyier Prints (visual works) to the…

A color lithograph by artist Paul Sawyier. An article in Richmond Register (July 8, 1995) indicates that the Kentucky Historical Society and Creative Arts by Sherri (of Richmond) donated "a dozen different" Paul Sawyier Prints (visual works) to the…

A color lithograph by artist Paul Sawyier. An article in Richmond Register (July 8, 1995) indicates that the Kentucky Historical Society and Creative Arts by Sherri (of Richmond) donated "a dozen different" Paul Sawyier Prints (visual works) to the…

A color lithograph by artist Paul Sawyier. An article in Richmond Register (July 8, 1995) indicates that the Kentucky Historical Society and Creative Arts by Sherri (of Richmond) donated "a dozen different" Paul Sawyier Prints (visual works) to the…

A color lithograph by artist Paul Sawyier. An article in Richmond Register (July 8, 1995) indicates that the Kentucky Historical Society and Creative Arts by Sherri (of Richmond) donated "a dozen different" Paul Sawyier Prints (visual works) to the…

A color lithograph by artist Paul Sawyier. An article in Richmond Register (July 8, 1995) indicates that the Kentucky Historical Society and Creative Arts by Sherri (of Richmond) donated "a dozen different" Paul Sawyier Prints (visual works) to the…

The Seventeenth at Shoal Creek
A multicolor print on canvas by Larry Dyke. A print sold by Somerset House Publishing Co. Print 58/150 on canvas. Certificate of authenticity for this print is in envelope attached to the back of "The Seventeenth at Shoal Creek."

Carolina Spring
A multicolor print by Larry Dyke. A print sold by Somerset House Publishing Co. Print 449 of 550 on canvas. Certificate of authenticity for this print and for "Carolina Spring" are in envelope attached to the back of the painting.

Vision of a Queen
A painting that is temporarily housed in University Archives.

John C. Breckenridge
A lithograph published by Currier & Ives. Text on print: "John C. Breckinridge (signature), HON. JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE, Democratic Candidate for sixteenth President of the United States, published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St., NY." Handwritten…

Aerial view of University of Kentucky
An engraving of an aerial view of the University of Kentucky. Text in bottom right hand corner: "c.1911 W.T. Little and Co., NY." Label on back: "Donated to The John Crabbe Library Eastern Kentucky University by James Steed." Arthur Elder was…

The Wilson Store at Keene, KY
A color lithograph by artist Paul Sawyier. The flyer on the back of the painting indicates that the Kentucky Historical Society reproduced the Paul Sawyier print in 1981. Plate XII.

Pull
An oil painting by Page Williams. Donated by the Gamma Theta Chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity "in honor of their 30th anniversary as an active member of the EKU family." Williams, a member of the class of 1987, was featured in a February 20, 1986…

Old Victorian House
A watercolor painting by Lawrence Becker that was acquired 3/5/93. Item was purchased for $1,500.

An architectural drawing of Crabbe library. 1907, the date given on the label, is incorrect. Text in right hand corner of drawing: "CC & EA Weber-Archts/Cin.O-."

Blanton House
An oil painting of Blanton house. Text on paper label: "Painted by Georgia Henage Conrad, Class of 1941 and presented to the College at 25th Anniversary reunion of her class on May 28, 1966." Label reading "Blanton House" is taped on frame.

Old Capitol  Hotel
A color lithograph by Paul Sawyier. Gold metal tag on back reads: "Donated to The John Crabbe Library Eastern Kentucky University by R[ichard] A. Edwards."
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