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Children's Drawings of the Spanish Civil War: A Virtual Exhibition Catalog

Curated by Angela Giral, Emeritus Director of the Avery Architectural Library at Columbia University, this web exhibition includes 153 drawings made by children aged 7 to 14 during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Children were evacuated from the war zones to war-free areas of Spain and the south of France, and many of the drawings show children travelling to these safer areas, as well as more shocking scenes of planes dropping bombs. The largest group of these drawings (just over 600) is at the University of California, San Diego's (UCSD) Mandeville Special Collections Library where they have been made available online ( -- a collection annotated in the June 12, 1998 Scout Report ( In 1938, the American Friends Service Committee published some of the drawings in a book, They Still Draw Pictures, with a forward by Aldous Huxley, to raise money for children's war relief. The UCSD site is arranged along the lines of a book, while the Columbia site uses a geographical arrangement. Curator Giral was herself an evacuated child, and the Columbia website invites others with similar heritage to identify themselves.
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Date of Scout Publication 2004-02-27
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