Girls Series Book Exhibit in 4th Floor Atrium

Nancy Drew book cover

Special Collections invites you to visit its new exhibit, “A New Look at Old Friends: An Exhibit of Vintage Series Books for Girls,” now on display in the 4th Floor atrium of Belk Library and Information Commons.

The exhibit features books from the Elaine J. O’Quinn Girls’ Studies Collection in Special Collections.  On display are a variety of materials related to girls’ series books from the mid-1800s through the early 20th century. Featured series include Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Beverly Gray, and Elsie Dinsmore, among many others.

Each display case visually explores three interrelated approaches to girls’ series books. The first case, “Fans,” shows the marketing and fan following of girls’ series books. The second case, “Collectors,” displays a selection of collectible books and literature about collecting them. The final case, “Scholars,” highlights how girls’ series books are now being studied and shows related scholarly literature.

In addition to the exhibit, on April 19, 2012, the Elaine J. O’Quinn Girls’ Studies Collection will be dedicated and Dr. O’Quinn will give a lecture about her research on girls’ series books.

To learn more about the O’Quinn Collection, visit our webpage. The collection is available for use in the Dougherty Reading Room located in Special Collections, Room 432. The Dougherty Reading Room is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-262-7974 or email

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