The WASHINGTON RARE BOOK GROUP invites you to join us for a curator-led tour of a new Library of Congress display, featuring selections from the Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics
and Graphic Arts.
WHEN: Friday, January 25th, 11am
WHERE: Great Hall, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
PLEASE RSVP BY TUESDAY, JANUARY 22ND
The Library of Congress announced in May that collector and entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi donated to the nation’s library more than 3,000 items from his phenomenal and vast personal collection of comic books and popular art, including the original storyboards that document the creation of Mickey Mouse. This multimillion-dollar gift includes comic books, original art, photos, posters, newspapers, buttons, pins, badges and related materials.
Collection highlights include:
Original storyboard for the creation of Mickey Mouse;
Joe Simon’s concept drawing for the superhero Captain America, created in 1940 in reaction to WWII;
Prototype for the first action figure G.I. Joe, developed during the Vietnam War in 1964;
The American Comic Almanac, Vol. 1, No. 3 (1833);
“Mickey Mouse, the Mail Pilot,” one of the first true Big Little Books (1933);
Popeye Daily Dime Bank (1956);
“Superman Krypto-Raygun” (1940);
“Captain Marvel Club,” welcome letter and envelope written in code with code key.
Amanda Zimmerman, Vice President of the WRBG, has been working in libraries for 8 years, having received her MLIS from Rutgers University in 2011. She has since attained her MA in American History with a concentration in Public History from American University, and currently works in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Her interests include 19th and 20th century American book history and print culture, the development of American lending libraries, and literary movements in England and America over the past two centuries. Together with curators from the Serials and Prints & Photographs Divisions, Amanda was instrumental in the acquisition, organization, and display of these materials. The group will meet in the Great Hall of the Jefferson Building at 11am. Following a gallery talk on this five-case exhibition in the Great Hall, we will continue on to the Rare Book and Special Collections Division for a look at some additional pieces from the Geppi Collection. Then we will go to the Library of Congress Cafeteria on the 6th floor of the Madison Building, for any who would like to join for lunch.
DIRECTIONS: The Great Hall is in the Thomas Jefferson Building, on First Street, S.E., between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street. The closest metro stop is Capitol South. Library of Congress security will include having your bags x-rayed and walking through a metal detector.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
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