Thursday, December 19, 2013

Archives Display: Ruth Sawyer's Christmas Stories

For the month of December we are displaying a collection of Christmas-themed books written by Ruth Sawyer, a prominent children’s author and storyteller who lived 1880-1970.  The books are from the Ruth Sawyer Collection, held in the Archives and Special Collections.

Two of the books included in the display are Maggie Rose: Her Birthday Christmas, which includes illustrations by Maurice Sendak, and Joy to the World, a collection of Christmas stories and carols from around the world.  The display also includes original illustrations by Hugh Troy for Sawyer’s book The Year of the Christmas Dragon.

Ruth Sawyer’s connection to St. Catherine began in 1942 when she came to teach a summer school course in storytelling. The lasting friendships made then inspired the Library to name their collection of rare children’s literature in her honor. The collection, located in room 062 of the Library, contains complete runs of Caldecott and Newbery prize books, world folk-literature, and books on storytelling, as well as holding Sawyer’s writings, letters, recordings, and awards.

This display will be up during the month of December on the main level of the St. Paul Library, in the case right before the video carrels.

More about the Ruth Sawyer Collection

Ruth Sawyer at the dedication of the Ruth Sawyer Collection, April 16, 1958.

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