A good memories moment amidst the Sir George Grey Special Collections shelves with Senior Curator Archives and Manuscripts Kate de Courcy on her last day at Auckland Libraries.
Some years ago, when the discovery in France of a "previously unknown" book by Alexandre Dumas was being excitedly announced by the media there, Kate produced two copies of the book from our Reed Dumas collection to show to the visiting French cultural attaché, demonstrating the amazing depth of this collection put together by a Whangarei pharmacist with a passion for Dumas since boyhood. 📗📘📙
Kate knew it well, having worked on cataloguing its 3300 volumes for over two years as part of the Celebrating Dumas project, a collaboration between Auckland Libraries and the Auckland Library Heritage Trust, with the support also of the French government.
Fittingly, in our opinion, it was Kate who was flown to Paris to represent Auckland Libraries at the grand ceremony for the Dumas bicentennial when his ashes were moved from his home town cemetery to join Hugo and Zola in the Pantheon, although she modestly says it was because of her French language skills. ✈✈✈
Kate is showing us one of the two copies of the "known unknown" book, 'La Maison de Savoie'. Swipe to see inside! 👀
Thanks for the memories, Kate, of which this is just one. Au revoir and wishing you all the best for the future from all of us!
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