Curator Pick: Favorite Item from the Alice 150 Exhibit

Okama’s Alice in Wonderland manga brings back fond memories of sitting cross-legged in the Borders stacks with a pile of Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura books by my side. I would have been instantly captured by the cover, counting my money, and fretting over which book to put back so I could add Okama’s to my bookshelf.

Alice is falling down the well.

Looking through this manga version of Alice is like receiving a double shot of nostalgia. Two fond parts of my childhood make up every panel from wishing to see the wonders of Wonderland to wishing to be as fashionable and cute as the manga characters I adored.

Alice is sitting at the table with the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, and the Dormouse. Tea cups are everywhere and the table nearly extends off the page.

Okama draws his characters with exaggerated features. Their clothing is highly detailed as are the scene settings with their patterns and striped elements. The most impressive garb, as is befitting their station, belong to the King and Queen of Hearts. Their stylized appearance is based on the traditional card deck royalty and their fashions.Alice is surrounded by the Queen of Hearts' subjects. The queen is pointing at Alice accusingly as four cards lay prostrate before her.Alice is staring up at the Chesire Cat who is smiling down at her from a tree.

My only wish is that I knew how to read Kanji so that I could further enjoy Okama’s work!

Visit the Alice 150 and Counting exhibit in Hornbake Library to view more international editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, or explore our online exhibit.

Sabrina Reed is an intern for Hornbake Library-Special Collection’s ‘Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll’ exhibit. As a graduate student in the University of Maryland’s iSchool, her areas of focus are youth media, diversity, and digital literacy. Sabrina is also an alumna of the university’s undergraduate English program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Creative Writing.

Trick or Treat from Alice!


Trick or Treat, watch your feet,

beware any rabbits that you meet, 

If you don’t, best beware,

you might end up in the Jabberwock’s lair!

Here’s our treat (with maybe a few tricks thrown in) from our Alice 150 Years and Counting exhibit!

Some of the Lewis Carroll books in our exhibit have some frightful illustrations, here are a few of our favorites:

While almost every image of the Cheshire Cat’s grin is unnerving, here’s some that really gave us the chills:

And perhaps the scariest of them all…the Jabberwocky!alice-module2-throughthelookingglass1984Tenniel_11

Hungry for more?


Our exhibit is now open to the public in Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland!

Callooh, Callay! We’re Celebrating Alice’s Birthday!

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Don’t be late to our opening reception!

When: Tonight! 5 – 7 pm

Where: Hornbake Library, University of Maryland

Come help us celebrate our exhibit: Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz.

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Chronicling America surpasses 10 million pages!

Originally posted on DigiStew:

The University of Maryland Libraries joins the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities in celebrating a major milestone for Chronicling America, a free, searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers. The Library of Congress announced on October 7 that more than 10 million pages have been posted to the site. This number includes 117,082 pages of Maryland newspapers digitized by the Historic Maryland Newspapers Project and its content partners, the Maryland State Archives and Maryland Historical Society, from the following titles:

Titles are added on a rolling basis, so check back often, or subscribe to Chronicling America’s RSS feed to receive alerts when new titles…

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The UMD Libraries celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Originally posted on Gordon W. Prange Collection:

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  As a part of the celebration, Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland Libraries opened an exhibition, “Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz”.   The exhibit takes place in the Maryland Room Gallery on the 1st Floor of Hornbake Library North and will be on display from October 2015 through July 2016.

The Prange Collection also holds several Alice-related materials — translations into Japanese of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, as well as adaptations for teaching materials and young children’s magazines.  You can view this mini-exhibit, Alice in Japan, in the Maryland Room (adjacent to the Maryland Room Gallery), September 2015 through December 2015.

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I Spy a Mad Hatter!

Celebrate Mad Hatter Day!  Visit Hornbake Library to explore  all things Mad Hatter in our exhibit Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz.

From the classic John Tenniel illustration to modern advertisements, you’ll have a hard time picking your favorite. Can you spot them all?