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Robert del Tredici's "Fiery Hunt"
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History Becomes Personal

A freshman Honors class studying material culture recently read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien which talks about what young men carried with them when they fought in Vietnam. Dr. Andrea Gazzaniga’s Honors class visited the Special Collections and University Archives to see the Al Murphy Vietnam Military Service Papers and meet Mr. Murphy. He discussed objects from his collection, explaining what they were and how he used them in Vietnam. His boots, P-38 can opener, dog tags, and other objects were passed around for students to see firsthand. One student wrote: “Being able to hear Al’s story and have a personal narrative about such an emotional event was really amazing. I was also inspired by Al’s motives to give away his items [to the archives]. He wants to be able to continue the legacy of not only himself, but more importantly all of the men who served with him. He feels as if he carries their stories along with his.”

Objects from the Al Murphy Vietnam Military Service Papers.

Objects from the Al Murphy Vietnam Military Service Papers.

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New Acquisitions in Special Collections and University Archives

Through the brilliance and generosity of artist Robert Del Tredici, Steely’s Special Collections and University Archives (SC&UA) have added 10 new Del Tredici metallic prints to its collection of reinterpretations of Herman Melville’s American literary classic, Moby-Dick. This collection includes several hundred original works, featuring a number of renowned artists, including Del Tredici. Additionally, SC&UA holds a number of books inspired by Moby-Dick, including a volume featuring poetry written by current NKU student Onyinye Uwolloh, and cover art by NKU alum Kathleen Piercefield.

Fiery Hunt by Robert Del Tredici

(Fiery Hunt by Robert Del Tredici)

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And, through the generosity of Dr. Allen W. Bernard, SC&UA has added Male Portrait Study for Last Sale of Slaves in St. Louis by Kentucky painter Thomas Satterwhite Noble to its collection. The portrait complements another work in SC&UA by Noble, titled Margaret Garner / The Modern Medea. Art historians will recall that Noble served as the first head of the McMicken School of Design in Cincinnati in 1869 (renamed the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1887). Celebrated Covington painter, Frank Duveneck, studied at the Art Academy under Noble.
Male Portrait Study for Last Sale of Slaves in St. Louis by Thomas Satterwhite Noble

(Male Portrait Study for Last Sale of Slaves in St. Louis by
Thomas Satterwhite Noble)

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Come see these works, and other historical records and artifacts at Steely’s Special Collections and University Archives.

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