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Rey Scholar Visits Archive

Gwynn MacDonald, recipient of a $3000 research fellowship provided by the Margret and H.A. Rey Fellowship, is shown here with some of the Rey Archive housed at the de Grummond Collection. MacDonald, whose plans include a biography of the Reys, began her research last year in an attempt to learn as much as possible about the personal and professional lives of this intriguing couple. In her research proposal, MacDonald stated, "One of the
Gwynn MacDonald
fascinating things I think about the Reys' story was their personal experience of some of the most important historical moments of the last century ... I suspect that these experiences - from the personal to the global - shaped the deeply humane artists that became so adept at touching the lives of so many. So while it is never an easy task to locate the origin of a wellspring of creativity such as the Reys's, one of the things I will be looking for at the de Grummond are just those sparks of humanity, fingerposts that point to and give insight into the personalities and processes of the artists." MacDonald will continue her research by interviewing personal friends and professional colleagues of the Reys, as well as a possible return visit to the de Grummond Collection. We look forward to the day when an exhaustive biography of the creators of Curious George is accessible to all.

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