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Volume 24, Number 1 (Spring 1996)
KATSURA NAMED 1995 KEATS FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.