Resource: Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature

Resource: Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature

The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature is part of the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries. It has over 130,000 American and British children's books and periodicals dating from the mid-1600s to the present, as well as:

...manuscript collections, original artwork, and assorted ephemera such as board games, puzzles, and toys. The Baldwin Library is known for comparative editions of books, with special emphasis on Robinson Crusoe, Pilgrim’s Progress, Aesop’s Fables, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Library also has the largest collection of Early American Juvenile Imprints of any academic institution in the United States.

Their catalog is available online, as well as a large collection of digitized materials—so not only can you browse the contents of the collection online, you can actually access and read almost half of it right from home! I'm already eyeing a bunch of books to cover here, hopefully soon.

If you're interested in the history of Children's Lit, this is one to bookmark for sure!

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Mary Jo's Grandmother, written by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Eleanor Mill

Mary Jo's Grandmother, written by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Eleanor Mill

The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba, by Margarita Engle

The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba, by Margarita Engle