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Children's Literature Collection

Juvenile Miscellany
Volume 24, Number 1 (Spring 1996)

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Yuko Katsura, Associate Professor at the Okayama Prefectural University in Okayama, Japan, was the sixth recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats/de Grummond Collection Research Fellowship. The fellowship is funded by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and was established to award grants to scholars engaged in research projects based substantially on the holdings of the de Grummond Collection.

Resources for Katsura's project, "A Study of American Picture Books in the 20th Century," were abundantly available in the holdings of the de Grummond Collection. By examining Keats' dummies, sketchbooks, manuscripts, and correspondence, Katsura was able to study his process and technique in creating picture books. She also studied the work of artists not yet introduced to Japanese children including Helen Sewell, Don Freeman, Antonio Frasconi, and Juliet Kepes. Katsura has hopes of translating a number of American children's books into Japanese.

Katsura became familiar with the Fellowship program when exhibitions of Kate Greenaway and Ezra Jack Keats materials from the de Grummond Collection traveled throughout Japan. In conjunction with the Greenaway exhibit, she gave a talk on the origins of children's book illustration.

While in Hattiesburg, Ms. Katsura was introduced to other children's literature professionals from the University and the community at a luncheon generously sponsored by the University president, Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas.

We are once again grateful to the Keats Foundation for providing us with this opportunity to share the treasures of the de Grummond Collection with scholars throughout the world.




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