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Grimm-Sammlung der Stadt Kassel

The Grimm Collection, City of Kassel, Germany ( contains drawings of the children from the Brothers Grimm family: sketchbooks, drawing sheets and watercolors, including exceptional nature studies. They were created between 1802 and 1850.


The more than 300 drawings from art classes from 1914 and 1915 on the subject of World War I preserved in the Hamburg Museum Elbinsel Wilhelmsburg are divided into 4 class sets from 3 ages (10 to 14 years). They were created in elementary school 3 in Wilhelmsburg (today Hamburg) at the beginning of World War I on the topics of ground warfare, aerial warfare, naval warfare and military hospital. From a child’s point of view, the feeling of superiority fueled by German war propaganda is portrayed through large combat scenes, as well as the enthusiasm for weapon technology.  The suffering of individuals is rarely emphasized, e.g. this woman fleeing the burning house with the child or the pastor on the way from the hospital to the church. The hospital drawings also show only well-cared-for wounded people, who are cared for maternally by mostly oversized nurses. Graves only appear on two drawings. Once depersonalized as a row grave or individually as a “heroic death” grave. In drawing lessons, these students were influenced by war propaganda and euphoria, but in detail this are independent works. Of course, it should be borne in mind that the Great War was only just beginning and that gas and tank operations only came later. The German civilian population was not directly affected by hostilities. So the peaceful life at home is drawn.


By Dr. Christoph-Maria Scholter

Collected, documented and archived in here, you find children’s drawings concerning games and media worlds of the 1980s and also historical sources. The emphasis is put on the drawings of boys. The free-style drawings by hand make an important contribution towards understanding juvenile forms of expression and processes of appropriation but also regarding the importance of mass media influence. The drawings also offer insights into the social environment and esthetic socialisation of children in historical context.


List of publications:

-Dokumente historischer Spiel- und Medienwelten der 1980er-Jahre. In: World Heritage and
Arts Education, No. 13. Paderborn 2015 (Online-Veröffentlichung).


-Die Kinderzeichnung im Kontext von Spiel- und Medienwelten der 1980er-Jahre. Baden-
Baden: Tectum 2017.


-Historische Kinderzeichnungen zum Themenfeld Masters of the Universe (1982-88).
In: Ströter-Bender, Jutta, u.a. (Hrsg.): Historische und aktuelle Kinderzeichnungen. Baden-
Baden: Tectum 2017.

Ströter-Bender Collection

Tony O´Herlihy

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In autumn 1946, pupils of the Cecilienschule, Saarbrücken designed a so-called „Danke-Buch“, with drawings, letters and poems for today unknown representatives of the Irish food aid. The humanitarian action ensured the survival of many children, and later enriched the history of friendship between Ireland and Germany. Saarbrücken was destroyed at this time to 90%. There was hunger and suffering in the civilian population. It was a time of great upheaval. Many fathers had died in the war or as prisoner of war. The solidarity of individual countries (Ireland, Switzerland) was received with great gratitude and recognition.

The small album with the pictures of thanks, designed in format for beeing transported in a backpack, contains unusual girl drawings with 88 differently designed scenes of food aid and school feeding. Likewise, the transport situations, in conjunction with maps, the school building from inside and outside is shown. City views with ruin representations are also included. The album gives opnes up a moving and emotional insight into this time.

In 2013, on the initiative of Mr. Tony O`Herlihy, the current owner of the „Danke-Buch“, the Saarbruecke Cultural Office and the German Embassy in Dublin, a rediscovery and exploration of this important cultural heritage began. Research started at the University of Paderborn.

Elias Gallery

1982 – 1985 Elias Collection  

Spaces from Early Childhood: Between 1982 and 1985, a boy (born 1979) created hundreds of large-format drawings with felt-tip pens.

He presented his observations and experiences on train journeys and trips.

The drawings belong to the Ströter-Bender Collection, Germany

Schweizerisches Institut für Kinder- und Jugendmedien SIKJM

The children's drawing collections of two children's book ladies

Jella Lepman and Bettina Hürlimann

Text and image selection: Dr. Anna Lehninger (Basel, Zurich), associate researcher at SIKJM.

The picture collection of the Swiss Institute for Children's and Youth Media (SIKJM) contains not only original illustrations of historical children's books, prints and picture sheets, but also children's drawings. They come from the possession of two women who were both devoted to children's books and to each other in friendship: Jella Lepman and Bettina Hürlimann, the latter a publisher at Atlantis Verlag, whose children's book segment she shaped for decades. From her estate come the approximately 200 pictures which, through research, could be determined as two collections and are presented below for the first time.

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