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Faculty Focus Group on New Prospect Collection

Published: February 09, 2011 by Robin M. Katz

Faculty Focus Group

On the new Prospect Archive of Children's Work and related research fellowships.

Friday, February 18, 2011
3:00 PM - Waterman 455

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to

We'd like to hear your ideas for its application in teaching and research.
Participants may want to read these short pieces on the collection's Methodology page:

  • “A Letter to Parents and Teachers on Some Ways of Looking at and Reflecting on Children” by Patricia F. Carini, pp 13 – 19
  • “Collecting and Describing Children’s Works at Prospect” by Patricia F. Carini, pp 27 - 29

New Online Resource

The UVM Libraries' Center for Digital Initiatives is pleased to announce the launch of the Prospect Archive of Children's Work. This unique collection offers a longitudinal look at the art and writing of nine children, as well as teacher records and information on Prospect's unique methodology. It is now available online at

Upcoming Fellowship Opportunities

Beginning in 2012, the Prospect School and Center for Education and Research Fund will support two research fellowship initiatives that are designed to encourage faculty, independent researchers, students, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and other community members active in school affairs to benefit from the Prospect School and Center for Education and Research Archives located at the University of Vermont Libraries Special Collections department.

About Prospect

The Prospect School (1965-1991), deeply influenced by the philosophy of John Dewey, and in particular his commitment to the agency for the learner and his conviction that the desire for learning is inherent in every person, enrolled children from all walks of life, from age 4 through 14, with tuition waived or adjusted according to need.

The Prospect Center (1979-2010), under the leadership of co-founder Patricia Carini, developed a disciplined, collaborative method for understanding children as thinkers and learners called the descriptive review of the child. The descriptive review is a mode of inquiry that draws on the rich, detailed knowledge teachers and parents have of children and on their ability to describe those children in full and balanced ways, so that they become visible as complex persons with particular strengths, interests, and capacities.

Fleming + CDI Digitize Beautiful Images of Japan

Published: February 01, 2011 by Robin M. Katz

A Tourist's Album of Japan

Katherine Wolcott and her uncle, Robert Hull Fleming, compiled this photo album on their visit to Japan in 1909. It contains nearly 40 leaves of collected photographs and postcards, numbering two to three per album page. The pictures range in content, some depicting staged photos of daily life while others portray landscapes and countryside. The album itself measures approximately 11 x 14 x 4 inches. Users can view the entire album, or individual images.

A Collaboration

This collection represents a collaboration between the university's Robert Hull Fleming Museum, where the album is housed, and the CDI. Conceived of as part of the Museum's Shadows of the Samurai: Japanese Warrior Traditions exhibit, this new online resource invites many perspectives on early twentieth century Japan.

Japan in Context

Wolcott’s album captures a unique view of Japan at the brink of burgeoning Western influence. After defeating the Russians in the Russo Japanese War (1904-05), Japan began to cement itself as a global power, and its efforts to modernize began to attract Westerners. The images in this album depict a Japan with a strong national heritage and cultural appreciation as well as a newfound embrace of modernization and technology.Most of the pictures in the album sold commercially as a form of postcard. In the early 1900s, the Japanese populace began consuming millions of these types of commercially produced picture postcards. Eventually, the medium became so popular that it started to replace the more traditional wood block print. The citizenry sought pictures of their budding nation, wanting to hold a still image of the rapidly modernizing and changing countryside.