The International Institute to Don Francisco Giner de los Ríos.

The International Institute to Don Francisco Giner de los Ríos.

The International Institute, on the occasion of the celebration on February 18, 2015 of the centenary of the death of Don Francisco Giner de los Ríos, joins this event remembering the importance of his figure.

In his memory, the Institute created the “Francisco Giner scholarship” in 1915, for a student of the International Institute chosen by the then director of the Institute, Susan Huntington, and two members of the Institución Libre de Enseñanza, Messrs. Cossío and Rubio.

A few years later, already in the twenties, the library of the International Institute created a section dedicated to Don Francisco Giner de los Ríos, also organized, as Carmen de Zulueta recalls, in homage to his memory and whose main nucleus was the collection of his complete works, accompanied by some other volumes particularly associated with him. The idea came again from Susan Huntington and had the support of José de Castillejo and Manuel B. Cossío. The selection of the titles that made up the section was made by Cossío himself and Ricardo Rubio.

For this reason, one of the art professors of the International Institute, Mabel S. Webb, designed an ex libris that was described in Notes & News, an internal publication of the International Institute, in this way: “the name of D. Francisco appears on it associated with the coat of arms of Castile, a caravel sailing over the sea and other symbols in such a charming way that the design has already been exhibited twice in art exhibitions”. Prior to joining the International Institute, Ms. Webb had been professor of design at the University of California and at the Pratt Institute in New York.

This set of books is currently kept in the library of the Institute and on the occasion of the celebration of the centenary, the library has organized its exhibition in the first floor showcases. The Institute has also reproduced the bookplate in a bookmark to remember this date.


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