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Current Exhibits

“From Crayons to Calligraphy: An Exhibition of Japanese Student Artwork, 1949-1951”

From Crayons to Calligraphy

This exhibit showcases a small segment of the several hundred pieces of artwork Gutman Library received as part of the Francis J. Daly Japanese Student Artwork collection, donated in 2014. The pieces in this exhibit depict aspects of life in Japan ranging from local landscapes to festival celebrations. Japanese elementary, middle and high school students of varying genders and geographic locations contributed to this collection of artwork that includes embroidery, origami, batique, carved wood objects, drawings, and paintings.

From Crayons to Calligraphy

Dr. Francis Daly, the director of adjustment services for the Boston Public School system, was part of a group of ten educators who visited Japan in an effort to “democratize” the Japanese education system following World War II. In this role, he traveled to prefectures throughout the country, visiting large cities and small villages, training school administrators and assessing school quality.  In his travels, Dr. Daly befriended Dr. Yukio Isaka, a Japanese school psychiatrist. The two initiated a large exchange of student artwork between Japan and the United States as a means of encouraging cross-cultural understanding and peace.

For Further Study: Researchers are invited to view the exhibit and to use related collections at Gutman Library. Researchers may also contact library staff with specific questions.

Past Exhibits

Textbooks before Dick and Jane

"Readers and Their Writers: Reading Textbooks before Dick and Jane”  

The exhibit traced the development of readers (i.e. reading textbooks) in the United States from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Many of the exhibited items and additional historical materials are also available for online viewing through the Harvard University Library's digital collection, Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership and Reading History.”

This exhibit was on display from Fall 2010-Spring 2016. 


"From Immigrant Ship to Citizenship: The Education of the Immigrant"           

Manual of American Citizenship Cover

Detail from the cover of Manual of American Citizenship edited by Donald Farquharson Stewart, Mary Inez O'Donnell and Frederick Sherman De Galan. The book was printed by the Day's Work Publishing Company for the Detroit Board of Commerce and the Detroit Board of Education in 1919. In addition to providing an overview of American history and the responsibilities of citizenship, the work also outlined useful information about living in Detroit, Michigan.


Cover of book, What to do for Uncle Sam

Cover of Carolyn Sherwin Bailey's What to do for Uncle
Sam: A First Book of Citizenship. Bailey (1875-1961) is primarily known as a prolific author of children's books, including Miss Hickory, which won the Newberry Medal in 1947. She was also an early childhood educator who taught in New York City's public schools and served as the principal of the Jefferson Avenue Kindergarten in Springfield, Massachusetts. What to do for Uncle Sam was inspired by a program of community civics outlined by the United States Bureau of Education. Bailey hoped that it would give young people an opportunity to “translate national ideals into everyday civic services…in the home, the school, and the town.” The book was first published in 1918 and was later republished in a second edition in 1923. Both editions are available in Special Collections.

This exhibit was on display from Spring 2007-Summer 2010. 

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