2003, Dr. Patricia Cianciolo, ’49, donated her expansive personal collection of
nearly 35,000 pieces of literature, illustrations, articles, and artworks to
Stritch. The Cianciolo Children and Young Adult Literature Research Collection was
celebrated at a 10th anniversary event on June 29, during Jubilarian Weekend.
niece, Jeri Rose, attended the anniversary celebration in honor of her late
aunt, who passed away in 2012.
event featured three
speakers and a range of topics including the evolution of illustrations in
children’s books through the advancement of digital technology, the collection’s
importance to the Stritch community, and ways in which elementary students
creatively engage with the literature in the collection.
addition to her interest in collecting literature, Cianciolo also wrote and
published research on the subject. Her two books – “Picture Books for Children”
and “Illustrations in Children’s Books” – are considered standards in the
field, according to a citation of the International Reading Association in honoring
her in 1995 with the Arbuthnot Award, which recognizes outstanding higher
education instructors of children’s and young adult literature. In addition, she
published more than 60 book chapters and journal articles and several studies on
the use of children’s literature in elementary schools.
Children and Young Adult Literature Research Collection includes every
recipient of two prestigious accolades – the Newbery Medal Award and the Caldecott
Medal Award, which honor excellence in children’s literature and illustrations for
children’s literature. The collection is vital to educators, scholars and
children alike, and is used in various capacities by the University. It is also
is available for onsite use by others.
An online photo gallery from the event can be found here.