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Historical Children's Literature

About This Collection

The early textbook collection spans the period from the eighteenth century to about 1930, and is probably the largest of its kind in Canada. The bulk of the collection is Canadian, in English and French, but includes American and British texts, which were probably used in Canadian schools. Many of the books contain statements by the British Columbia and/or other provincial governments authorising the textbooks for use in schools. There are also a number of textbooks classified elsewhere in the rare book collection.

Photo credit: UBC Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, PZ6 1810 U534.  

Colocating This Collection

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Browsing the UBC Library Catalogue

The books in this collection are labelled with LT305 in the UBC catalogue. This label precedes either the year the book was published or the call number of the book. Browse these books in the UBC Library catalogue.

Subject Headings


Social Sciences--Textbooks


Latin language--Textbooks

French language--Textbooks

English language--Textbooks

Latin literature--Textbooks

Christian life--Textbooks





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