WINNIPEG, MB – Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin and Aladdin are just three iconic characters from a collection of 1,500 films that have recently arrived at the UWinnipeg Library thanks to the generous contribution of renowned fairy-tale scholar Dr. Jack Zipes. This incredible fairy-tale collection includes films from dozens of countries and in several languages. The collection will be catalogued in the UWinnipeg library and made available to the UWinnipeg community and general public.
“It has always been important to me to make a wide range of films accessible to students, faculty, filmmakers, and the public at large,” said Zipes. “My hope with this donation is that these fairy-tale films will be useful for generations to come.”
Zipes, an Adjunct Professor in the department of Women’s and Gender Studies at UWinnipeg and Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Minnesota, is a prolific writer in the area of fairy-tale studies, having published hundreds of books and articles that work with fairy tales and their many forms including The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-tale Films (2011) and co-editing Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney: International Perspectives (2015) with Pauline Greenhill and Kendra Magnus-Johnston.
“This donation reflects Dr. Zipes’s long-term commitment to working with University of Winnipeg faculty and students, as well as with local filmmakers,” expressed Gabrielle Prefontaine, Dean of the University of Winnipeg Library. “This diverse collection is the largest in the world held in a public institution, and we are very grateful to Dr. Zipes for his generosity.”
For more information on fairy-tale films, please visit the International Fairy-Tale Filmography. Materials from the collection will become available as they are catalogued. For questions regarding the collection please contact Lauren Bosc, Research Coordinator Women’s and Gender Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org.