Color Our Collections

Cover of the NYS Library's Color Our Collections coloring book 2017

The NYS Library is joining the NY Academy of Medicine Library and other libraries for #ColorOurCollections, "a week-long library & special collections coloring fest on social media" running February 6-12, 2017.

NYS Library 2017 coloring book (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Grab your pencils, markers or crayons, download these pages, and start coloring! (Note: We recommend printing the document out single-sided.) And if you share your coloring creations on social media, please tag #nyslibrary and #colorourcollections so we can take a look.

Where are the images from?

The thirteen images we used for our coloring pages came from early 20th-century women's magazines in our periodicals collection. They are a mix of advertising images, cartoons and article illustrations published between 1909 and 1921.

As these images suggest, the women who read these magazines about 100 years ago were interested in many of the same things as their counterparts today, such as fashion, home and family, and crafts. However, like today, some journals also focused on political issues of the time, and we are pleased to be able to include a few images related to two events we are commemorating this year: the struggle for women's suffrage, which was granted in NY in 1917 (and at the national level in 1920), and World War I, which the U.S. entered in 1917.

Can't get enough of coloring?

See The New York Academy of Medicine Library's Color Our Collections pageexternal link for links to additional coloring books from other libraries participating in Color Our Collections.

Last Updated: February 6, 2017