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Dennis Cole Sculpture

 Collection — Box: JM Multi Small 1, Folder: 2
Identifier: JM007

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a sculpture created by Dennis Cole from a life-mold of Michener's hands and the front of his manual typewriter and items used during the origianl display of the sculpture including a photograph, caption, and correspondence from Dennis Cole to Gary Pitkin. James A. Michener gave the sculpture the title: "With these two fingers, I typed millions of words."


  • 1996-1997
  • Existence: 1997


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. For more information contact James A. Michener Library, Archival Services Department, University of Northern Colorado, campus Box 48, Greeley, CO 80639, Phone: (970) 351-2854, E-mail:

Biographical / Historical

Dennis Cole conceived the idea of creating an impression of Mari Michener's hands the day following her death on September 24, 1994. After receiving permission from James A. Michener for the project, Dennis Cole and his wife, Elizabeth, went to the funeral home and created the molds. Several months later, Dennis Cole received permission from Michener to make a similar mold of Michener's hands out of bronze. It took Cole three months to create a bronze sculpture showing one of Michener's hands on marble with Mari's hand on top of his. Approximately one year later, Dennis Cole received permission from Michener to create molds of hands in a typing position. It took Cole nine months to accurately reproduce the typewriter.


4 Item(s)

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The Dennis Cole Collection consists of a sculpture of James A. Michener hands typing on his manual typewriter and items originally used in the sculptures display. display items .


This collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1: Bronze sculpture Series 2: Display Items


Dennis Cole Collection
Melissa Gurney
February 11, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

University Libraries
James A. Michener Library L119
Campus Box 48
Greeley CO 80639