Summer brings a large number of youth camp groups to the Museum’s galleries. We thought it would be a great opportunity to display books from the Libraries and Archives collections, which would appeal to young readers and viewers. Keith Duquette, Library Preservation Associate, enthusiastically searched through our collection and brought together a selection of wonderfully illustrated children’s books. The books are in two cases – one outside the Library and the other next to the reading room – on the second floor of the Museum. The inspiration for this display was a charming book published in Tokyo in 1888 called The Silly Jelly-fish.
A few other books and prints we have included are a beautifully illustrated book entitled The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales from the Old French retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and illustrated by Edmund Dulac (from the Library) and three wonderful prints of Japanese toys found in the Culin Archival Collection (from the Archives).
More photos of the books can be found on Flickr.
Angie Park has been the Archivist at the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives since 2006. She is responsible for the institutional records of the Museum, which includes assisting the staff and public with their various research needs. She received her Masters Degree in Library Science with a Certificate in Archives, Records Management and Preservation from Queens College.