Kerry Elkins

 Kerry Elkins
Mentor: Dr. Terry Harpold
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"While interning at the Baldwin library, I became fascinated with the world of children's literature and their illustrations. The opportunity to pursue the research for my project is the perfect outlet for my interests in both literature and art."




Art History; Mass Communication

Research Interests

  • Children's Literature and Illustrations
  • Victorian Literature
  • Paratextual Characteristics

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Coite and Mildred Hill Scholarship


  • HER Campus UF
  • UF Crew


  • Baldwin Historical Children's Literature Library
  • George Smathers Library

Hobbies and Interests

  • Crew (Rowing)
  • Traveling
  • Reading

Research Description

Louis Rhead: From Posters to Print
This project will explore how processes of publication helped to shape the works of Louis Rhead, a major American illustrator of children’s literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Close comparison of Rhead’s preliminary sketches with their versions published in print reveal marked differences. I will catalogue these differences in order to track Rhead’s stylistic changes over time and to show the technical and literary significance of his changed methods and the changed images. These changes also show the influence of his editors and publishers on his printed works. Rhead’s example is an important case study of the development of the graphic paratext in the Golden Age of children’s literature.