The Hammersmith and Fulham Early Children’s Books Collection has arrived at the University of Roehampton! It’s MINE! Or ours, really, I know I have to share with the other researchers and play nicely. I wrote the post below for the NCRCL [National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature] and thought I’d share it here for readers of the Archives & Old Lace blog. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. The Collection is going to be a major part of my teaching and research over the next while. Would you like to come play with the old books? If you have any questions about the collection (or the other children’s literature archives at Roehampton) or if you would like to come visit the collection, just let me know! 🙂
By Dr Jane Carroll, NCRCL Lecturer
If you’ve been up to visit the children’s literature collection in the University of Roehampton in the past few weeks, you’ll have noticed a new set of old books up on the shelves. This is the Hammersmith and Fulham Early Children’s Books Collection.
This collection, comprising over a thousand early children’s books dating from the late 18th century to the early 20th century, was originally held by Hammersmith and Fulham library. The collection began in 1931-2 with the first 300 books – it then grew by purchase and gift to a total of roughly 1,120 books. Last year, Hammersmith & Fulham libraries approached the University of Roehampton to see if we would be interested in taking it on.
In May 2014 I visited the collection with Julie Mills (Subject Librarian) and Kornelia Cepok (Archivist). With the help…
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