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Color Our Collections 2018

#ColorOurCollections is a week-long coloring fest on social media organized by libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world. Using materials from their collections, these institutions are sharing free coloring content with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections and inviting their followers to color and get creative with their collections.

We’re joining the fun with a book of coloring pages based on the John Tinney McCutcheon Collection, a group of original editorial cartoons drawn by McCutcheon between 1904 and 1944. Most of the cartoons were published daily in the Chicago Tribune. Others were submitted to the Tribune for publication but were never printed in the newspaper, and have not been accessible outside of the library until now. These cartoons are in the process of being made available online in the MU Digital Library.

Download this year’s coloring book below, or browse our offerings from previous years.

Political Cartoon Coloring Book

Share your work with us online through FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. #ColorOurCollections was launched by The New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2016. Check out colorourcollections.org for coloring sheets from a variety of libraries and archives.



Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is head of the Special Collections and Rare Books department.

Color Our Collections 2017

Color Our Collections is back! We’re going to be releasing coloring sheets as the week progresses this year, so make sure to come back and check this page regularly.  Our first set of coloring pages is adapted from Hesperides, sive, De malorvm avreorvm cvltvra et vsv libri quatuor by Giovanni Battista Ferrari, published in 1646.  This book is all about growing citrus fruits, and we thought the weird and wonderful illustrations of lemons, oranges, and fruits we can’t quite identify would brighten up your winter day.

We’ll have some art nouveau/Jugendstil offerings, medieval costumes, and more for you throughout this week, including some bookmarks to cut out and color. If you’re in Columbia, be sure to stop by the coloring table on the first floor of Ellis Library to pick up coloring pages and show off your work.

Thurnier Buch Coloring Book











Jugendstil Bookmarks Coloring Book











Hesperides Coloring Book 





Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is head of the Special Collections and Rare Books department.

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Color Our Collections – Homecoming Edition

This week is homecoming at Mizzou, and to celebrate, we’re releasing another coloring book based on images from Special Collections. Unlike our last offering, this one is entirely focused on Mizzou and includes drawings, cartoons, and images from the Savitar, the yearbook of the University of Missouri, published from 1894 to 2004. There are also a few covers and illustrations from student magazines such as the Showme and Outlaw as well.  All of the materials in this coloring book are freely available in the University of Missouri Digital Library, so you can browse and turn the pages of Mizzou history for yourself.

Download the coloring book here, or stop by Ellis Library for the Homecoming Open House after the parade for a coloring table and more goodies.

Mizzou Coloring Book


Share your work with us online through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and be sure to use the official homecoming tag, #MIZ106HC.

Color Our Collections

If you’ve visited us in person, you know that we have a strict pencils-only rule in the reading room.  But starting this weekend, we want you to have your colored pencils, markers, crayons, gel pens, and paints at the ready. Special collections libraries and archives around the world are teaming up to provide coloring pages scanned from historic materials all week.

We’re joining in the fun with a coloring station in Ellis Library, where we’ll unveil several new coloring pages each day from Monday through Friday. And don’t worry – they’re right here online for those of you who can’t make it in person. Click below to download.

Color Our Collections Coloring Book

Share your artwork with us on Twitter or Facebook, or with the tag #ColorOurCollections, and check with us for daily updates.  Be sure to check out what other libraries have on offer too – especially the project sponsors New York Academy of Medicine and BioDiversity Heritage Library.



Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is head of the Special Collections and Rare Books department.