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A Cataloger’s Look at the Dr. Robert L. Egolf Collection
The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature

2nd Floor, Library East (Map)
University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries

November 14, 2011 to January 13, 2012
9:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday (Calendar)

This exhibit, put together by rare books catalogers at the University of Florida, features all sorts of cool children’s books: the best of Maurice Sendak, lots of autographed copies (including Munro Leaf and Trina Schart Hyman), toy and game books (like The Slant Book), foreign language books, and more!

This case is about the collection’s oddities and surprising morbidity: cannibalism and the plague, skeletons and hallucinations, and lots—lots—of dead children and puppies.

This case brought to you by yours truly: a first edition of Edward Gorey’s The Wuggly Ump (1963), a couple of Caldecott-illustrated tales (including Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog), and Frank Asch’s hallucinogenic Linda, among others. Floridians should come by and check it out! —kcw

Anomalies and Curiosities of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature
An exhibit making the case for (very) used books

Closing reception - 9/12
Final day - 9/15

The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature contains more than 100,000 volumes, many of which were used by children. The interaction of the child and the book is evident in the mark of the hand in the Baldwin; there are many examples of marginalia, doodles and inscriptions, bookplates, prize books, crayon scrawl, hand-colored plates, love notes and book curses. In addition, many of these books have been used so heavily that they expose somnotexts, or sleeping texts, of scrap paper that were bound into the spines of nineteenth century children’s books as padding. These fragments, traditionally referred to as binder’s waste, revel in their eccentricity; handwritten sheet music, surgical texts, advertisements for moth killer, Shakespeare and artifacts of the bindery have all survived in this manner. These unusual para- and peritextual phenomenon are now on display!

Haven’t had a chance to stop by the exhibit yet? That’s alright—It’ll be open for one more week, until Thursday, September 15th. It’s on the second floor of Smathers Library East, by the Special Collections reading room, and is open from 9am to 4pm, weekdays.

Most importantly, there will be a closing reception at 5pm on Monday, September 12th, with refreshments and a brief talk by the curator, English undergraduate Krissy Wilson, professors Dr. John Cech, Dr. Terry Harpold, Dr. Kenneth Kidd, and Dr. Anastasia Ulanowicz, as well as the department chair of Special and Area Studies Collections at the UF libraries, Richard Bennett. If you’re planning on seeing Cary Nelson that evening, why not get there a little bit early? We hope to see you there!

More information
Anomalies and Curiosities - FacebookUF Digital Collections
More about the Baldwin - Center for Children’s Literature and CultureSpecial and Area Studies Collections
Cary Nelson - Something Wicked This Way Comes—How to Save the University

"The Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW)’s mission is to nurture and educate tomorrow’s generation of visual storytellers, to support creative investigation, exploration and excellence in cartooning and comic art, and to promote literacy in sequential and comic art in today’s culture.

Through its school(s), SAW’s goal is to provide quality education to students dedicated to challenging themselves and learning interdisciplinary visual storytelling.

We will be offering individual classes in comics and sequential art beginning in late 2011, including:  single-session workshops, semester-length project development workshops, and 5-week introduction to comics classes.”

For those interested, forthcoming, in Gainesville, FL! Learn more here. —kcw