The Art of Conserving a Legacy: Greer Garson's "Auntie Mame" Scrapbook

January 23 - March 7, 2004

From January 23 through March 7, the Mildred Hawn Gallery in SMU's Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library was the venue for "The Art of Conserving a Legacy: Greer Garson's 'Auntie Mame' Scrapbook." This Exhibit highlights the efforts to conserve and protect over 120 scrapbooks donated to the Hamon Arts Library by Ms. Greer Garson in 1992. Nominated seven times for an Academy Award, Greer Garson received the Best Actress award in 1942 for her role in "Mrs. Miniver." Treatment of the scrapbook included making a complete microfilm and photographic record of the contents, dismantling it, de-acidifying the contents, and re-housing them in an acid-free environment. The scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, and other papers in the Greer Garson Collection are housed in Bywaters Special Collections.