The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature
in the Department of Special Collections at the
The product of Ruth Baldwin's 40-year collection development efforts, this vast assemblage of literature printed primarily for children offers an equally vast territory of topics for the researcher to explore: education and upbringing, family and gender roles, civic values, racial, religious, and moral attitudes, literary style and format, and the arts of illustration and book design.
A great strength of the collection is the many English and American
of the same work. Other strengths of the collection include 300 editions
of Robinson Crusoe, 100 editions of Pilgrim's Progress,
fables, juvenile biography, 19th century science and natural history,
19th century alphabet books, moral tales, fairy tales, 19th
century juvenile periodicals, 19th century boys' adventure stories, 20th
century boys' and girls' series, Little Golden Books, and
juvenile publications of the American Sunday School Union and other
tract societies. Scholars, students, and researchers from the
Funding for digitization of over 6,000 volumes was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature is a contributor to the International Children's Digital Library and a founding partner of The Center for Children's Literature and Culture at the University of Florida.