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Prepared by Susan Walters, April 1995; Additions and Updates: March 2022; Last Update: December 2022
Inclusive Dates: 1983-2017
Extent: 2.33 cubic feet (2 record storage boxes + 1 document box + 1 oversized folder filed in map case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Historical Note: The Virginia Hamilton Conference was established at Kent State University to provide a forum for the discussion of cultural themes and issues in literature for children and young adults. The lectureship and eventual conference was co-established by Kent State University faculty members, Clara Jackson (library science), Marilyn Apseloff (English), Ann Hildebrand (English), and Anthony Manna (education). The First Virginia Hamilton Lectureship on Minority Group Experiences in Children's Literature was held in the Kent State University Student Center on Friday, April 12, 1985. The day-long program established a variety of workshop sessions on issues and topics preceded by a keynote address given by Virginia Hamilton. Although the name was changed from Lectureship to Conference, the day-long program concept with keynote speakers and concurrent workshop sessions has continued throughout the years. It is now known as the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth. According to the conference website, it is longest-running event in the United States to focus exclusively on multicultural literature for children and young adults.
Scope and Content: Researchers will find material documenting all major decisions undertaken by the Advisory Board within the minutes.
Arrangement: The collection has been organized into the following series:
Series 1: Biographical/Promotional Materials
Series 2: Advisory Board Materials
Series 3: Correspondence
Series 4: Funding
Series 5: Annual Conference records
Series 6: Audio-Visual Materials
Acquisition Information: These materials have a mixed provenance. Early materials were gathered by Clara Jackson. Additional materials were donated by board members Dan MacLachlan and Ione Cowen. The Department has gathered up promotional material documenting each year's conference as it has been available.
Related Material: Special Collections & Archives also holds a small collection of the papers of Virginia Hamilton, a collection of her books (cataloged in KentLINK), and the papers of her husband Arnold Adoff.
SERIES 1: BIOGRAPHICAL/PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS
SERIES 2: ADVISORY BOARD MATERIALS
SERIES 3: CORRESPONDENCE
SERIES 4: FUNDING
SERIES 5: ANNUAL CONFERENCE
SERIES 6: AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS