After her death in 1929, the parents of Jean Alva Goldsmith donated the 7-year-old’s book collection to the Library and set up a trust in her name to amass a treasure trove of the finest examples of children’s literature. For more than 80 years librarians have built this book collection based on criteria such as the Caldecott and Newbery awards, culturally significant fairy tales, African American literature and local authors. The result is a collection of several hundred volumes which librarians, teachers, researchers and children can enjoy for years to come.
This online exhibit includes previously displayed works from the collection. The current Jean Alva Goldsmith collection exhibit will be on view in the Main Atrium Sept. 9−Jan. 4, 2016.