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Drawing Readers In: A Glimpse into the Beulah C. Campbell Collection of Original Illustrations for Children’s Books

anderson_t.jpgBOONE—Through Aug. 4, selections from the Beulah C. Campbell Collection are on display on the second floor of the Catherine J. Smith Gallery located in Farthing Auditorium on the Appalachian State University campus. The collection is housed in Appalachian’s Belk Library and Information Commons.

image from Symeon Shimin's illustration_t2.jpgAn image from Symeon Shimin’s illustrations of the biography “Marian Anderson” by Tobi Tobias is on display in Farthing Auditorium’s Catherine J. Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University. (from the Beulah Campbell Collection)

Campbell was an innovative professor of elementary education at Appalachian State Teachers College from 1943-46 and from 1957-81. In the 1970s, Campbell began collecting children’s book illustrations by European and American artists that she used in teaching children’s literature classes.

Featured in the exhibit is work by artists Symeon Shimin and C. Walter Hodges.  Shimin’s work includes sketches and the complete final illustrations for the 1972 children’s book “Marian Anderson” by author Tobi Tobias.  Shimin is also known for his illustrations of the 1960 Newberry Award-winning book “Onion John” by John Krumgold.

Hodges won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1964 for his illustrations in “Shakespeare’s Theatre.”  Hodges was known as an authority on Shakespearian theater, and he illustrated a number of children’s books on the subject.

More information about the Beulah C. Campbell Collection and digital images of the artwork is available at

For more information on the exhibit, contact Greta Browning at