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Historical Children's Literature

About This Collection

The Arkley Collection of Early and Historical Children’s Literature holds Canadian, British and American children’s books from the late eighteenth century to 1939. It is strong in material by and about Lewis Carroll. Some unique items include Canadian first editions, early editions of children’s classics, and works of important illustrators. Works published after 1939 and journals are excluded from the collection in Rare Books and Special Collections (these are primarily housed in the UBC Education Library). The collection’s growth relies largely on gifts, but important Canadian items are purchased when they become available.

Photo credit: UBC Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, PZ4.9.D696 In 1870a.

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Bibliographies in Print

Call Numbers in the UBC Library Catalogue

Many of the items in these call numbers belong to this collection. If the location listed on the record of the book is 'Rare Books and Special Collections', then the book is part of the Arkley Collection. 

PZ6 1659a. C644 to PZ6 1930z. W376