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Rewards of merit

Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Documents commending scholastic accomplishments and good behavior, awarded to pupils by teachers beginning in the late 18th century in the United States. The practice was most popular during the 19th century when printing techniques evolved to make them easily available; the documents are typically printed on a paper support using techniques of engraving, hand painting, or chromolithography, although some may be hand drawn. Early rewards of merit are usually religious, depicting the benefits of piety; in the early 19th century they gradually became more secular, rewarding grades, polite behavior, patriotic awareness, children's games, and other activities.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Betsy Beinecke Shirley collection of American children's literature

Call Number: GEN MSS 764
Overview: Collection consists of manuscripts (correspondence and drafts of writings), illustration material (drawings in all media, photographs, book dummies, and printing blocks and plates), and publication proofs by various authors and artists including Louisa May Alcott, Alexander Anderson, Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel, Gelett Burgess, Harrison Cady, Palmer Cox, F. O. C. Darley, W. W. Denslow, Jo Mora, Peter Newell, and Symeon Shimin, as well as work produced for the McLoughlin Brothers publishing...
Dates: 1640-2001