Annual Report ( Engagement ) Girls Series Book Collection “A New Look at Old Friends: An Exhibit of Vintage Series Books for Girls” opened in the 4th floor atrium during spring semester. The exhibit featured books from the Elaine J. O’Quinn Girls’ Studies Collection, which was a gift to Special Collections. On display was a variety of materials related to girls’ series books from the mid-1800s through the early 20th century. Featured series include Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Beverly Gray, and Elsie Dinsmore, among many others. Each display case visually explored three interrelated approaches to girls’ series books. The first case, “Fans,” showed the marketing and fan following of these books. The second case, “Collectors,” displayed a selection of collectible books and literature about collecting them. The final case, “Scholars,” highlighted how girls’ series books are now being studied and showed related scholarly literature. The Elaine J. O’Quinn Girls’ Studies Collection was dedicated on April 19, and O’Quinn presented a lecture about her research on girls’ series books. More than 80 visitors attended the event.
The Commons, University Libarary, Fall 2012