Children's Historical Collection

Doctor Dolittle’s Circus by Hugh Lofting, 1925 - Digital item
Doctor Dolittle’s Circus by Hugh Lofting, 1925 - Digital item

The Children’s Historical Collection contains children’s books of historical note or value including rare, out-of-print, and autographed books; books by award-winning/notable authors or illustrators; books by Texas authors or illustrators; or books set in Texas past or present. Some notable items include a rare edition of Pilgrim's Progress, a 1777 New England Primer, and an 1898 edition of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales.  Other milestone books from the 18th and 19th century, as well as general fiction, novelty picture books, series titles, story collections, Mother Goose and poetry, nonfiction and biographies, related professional reference works, and early readers designed for instruction.

The Historical Collection of Children's Literature was established in January 2002 by the TWU School of Library and Information Studies as a resource for scholarly study and teaching of children's literature of the twentieth century. This non-circulating collection, can be accessed by contacting the Woman's Collection.

Children’s Historical Digital Archives

Discover scans of historical children’s book covers dating back to the 1880s.

View the Children’s Historical Digital Archive