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Course: "Robin Hood: Media Creature."

Semester: Fall 2009.

Project Title: "Many Forms of Robin Hood: the Paraphernalia."

Project by: Gayle Altshuler.

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This project is a photo-based digital archive of objects from "Manufacturing a Legend: Robin Hood," an exhibition in the Rossell Hope Robbins Library at the University of Rochester during the Fall 2009 semester. The exhibition was part of a series of exhibits in the University of Rochester libraries to mark the Seventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. The conference ran from October 22 to 25, 2009. The exhibit in Robbins Library consisted of the most eclectic items displayed, demonstrating the breadth of the Robin Hood tradition's impact upon modern popular culture. For this site, the objects have been sorted into categories, to aid with navigation.

By creating a digital archive this exhibition can live on beyond the one semester allotted to it in the library. Through the Internet, a collection that no longer physically exists together can still be viewed and enjoyed.

Exhibitions like "Manufacturing a Legend: Robin Hood," and its digital avatar "Many Forms of Robin Hood: the Paraphernalia," allow us to track our own history. Robin Hood is a figure that has been talked about and used in art, home goods, and books for centuries. The plethora of ways he has been utilized in the twentieth century, however, is particularly broad. Through this exhibition, one can study a small section of the evolution of modern Anglo-American industrial society through the figure of Robin Hood. What objects were made? How they were made? How do the representations differ? Why Friar Tuck, Little John, or Robin Hood? These are all questions one can ponder while viewing the exhibition, as well as considering how the Robin Hood tradition influences the ways we describe and characterize others, such as political figures or Mardi Gras celebrants. All of this is why it is important, interesting, and entertaining to examine this exhibition and to investigate new ways of showcasing it.

Most of these items come from the collection of Professor Thomas Hahn of the University of Rochester, unless otherwise noted.

Many thanks to Professor Thomas Hahn, Leila K. Norako, Nora Dimmock and the Robbins Library staff for all their help. Special thanks to Valerie B. Johnson who was the original creator of "Manufacturing a Legend: Robin Hood," and was of great assistance to me on many aspects of this project.

--Gayle Altshuler, University of Rochester Undergraduate

 

This project has been edited and formated for web publication.