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U of I shares Gene Wilder collection following death

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A collection of old scripts, yearbook photos, and photos of Gene Wilder can be found in the University of Iowa Special Collections and Archives located inside the main library.

Wilder, who was an alumni of the university, donated the large majority.

Yearbook photos of Wilder show that he was an active member of the school's theater program.

Greg Prickman said that Wilder is an inspiration to those currently in the theater program.

"The work then that he does coming out of an institution like this, getting into the business and making a career of it is now represented by his papers here which are back where he had some of those formative experiences."

The collection is open to viewing by the public. Prickman noted that a display in the front of the library may soon be in the future.

Wilder died August 29th at the age of 83. He is most known for his role as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the "mad scientist" in Young Frankenstein.

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