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Library Acquires Original Artwork by Children’s Author Vera B. Williams

Release Date: 04 Aug 2022
Library Acquires Original Artwork by Children’s Author Vera B. Williams

Library Acquires Original Artwork by Children’s Author Vera B. Williams
Collection Includes 58 Original Drawings From Books Written and Illustrated by Williams

The Library of Congress has acquired the original watercolor illustrations created by Vera B. Williams for her children’s books, “A Chair for Always” (2009) and “Cherries and Cherry Pits” (1986). The collection was acquired from Williams’ children on behalf of the Vera B. Williams Trust.

Award-winning author and illustrator Vera B. Williams (1927-2015) brought to life the voices and imaginations of working-class children in loving families, with dreams of success through education and hard work. Many of Williams’ books echoed her own childhood experience of poverty, separation from parents and her use of imagination that empowered her to forge her own path as a lifelong artist, author and activist.

"A Chair for Always" is centered on a young Hispanic, perhaps multi-ethnic, family and their diverse working-class neighborhood. In “Cherries and Cherry Pits,” Williams portrays Bidemmi, an aspiring young Black artist, through a series of vignettes that celebrate childhood storytelling, creativity and community-building.

Born in Los Angeles to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Williams moved to New York City as a young girl. She earned a degree from Black Mountain College in Ashville, North Carolina. Williams produced a dozen award-winning books throughout her career and won various awards for her work.

A select number of the illustrations have been digitized and are available online at https://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=williams%20vera

Williams’ art enhances the existing collections of the Library, strengthening its holdings of original art by distinguished illustrator-authors that date back to the founding of the Cabinet of American Illustration in the 1930s. The collection is housed in the Prints and Photographs Division.

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PR 22-064
08-03-2022
ISSN 0731-3527

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