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WCU receives gift for Niggli collection

Original, hand-drawn illustrations by Marian Fitz-Simons for Josefina Niggli’s “Mexican Village,” a collection of short stories, have been donated to Western Carolina University’s Niggli archive, which is located in Hunter Library’s Special Collections.

Glenda Hensley, coordinator of first-year experiences, and George Frizzell, university archivist, look through original, hand-drawn illustrations by Marian Fitz-Simons for Josefina Niggli's novel "Mexican Village."

Glenda Hensley, coordinator of first-year experiences, and George Frizzell, university archivist, look through original, hand-drawn illustrations by Marian Fitz-Simons for Josefina Niggli's "Mexican Village."

A poet, playwright, novelist and screenwriter, Niggli was born 100 years ago in Mexico to parents of European descent and worked in the United States at locations including Cullowhee, where she was a member of the Western Carolina faculty.

Fitz-Simons’ son Sean and daughter-in-law Ann Fitz-Simons donated the illustrations after seeing the articles about Niggli and WCU’s yearlong celebration of Niggli.

“Everyone who has seen the illustrations is so impressed with their artistic and graphic detail, and with the generosity of the family of Marian Fitz-Simons to donate them to our archives,” said Glenda Hensley, coordinator of first-year experiences with the Office for Undergraduate Studies. “They will be treasured and available for others to appreciate.”

Original, hand-drawn illustrations by Marian Fitz-Simons for Josefina Niggli’s novel “Mexican Village” were recently donated to Western Carolina University’s Niggli archive by Fitz-Simons’ son Sean and daughter-in-law Ann Fitz-Simons.

Original, hand-drawn illustrations by Marian Fitz-Simons for Josefina Niggli’s “Mexican Village” were recently donated to Western Carolina University’s Niggli archive by Fitz-Simons’ son Sean and daughter-in-law Ann Fitz-Simons.

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