The Baldwin Library
he Baldwin Library of Historical Children's
Literature, housed in the Department of
Special and Area Studies Collections at the
University of Florida, contains approximately 90,000
volumes published in Great Britain and America
from the early 1700s to the present. Its holding of
more than 800 titles published in North America
before 1820 is the second largest such collection in
the United States.
This vast assemblage presents many possible
subjects for the researcher to explore, including
education and upbringing, civic values, family and
gender roles, and racial, religious, and moral
attitudes. These areas complement the obvious
resources for the study of literary style, format,
and the arts of illustration and book design.
The collection also includes alphabet and pic-
ture books, moral tales, adolescent fiction, adventure
stories, poetry books, pop-ups, natural histories,
geographies, biographies, and more than 6,000
19th-century books and tracts published for
children by religious organizations such as the
American Sunday School Union.
Although the Baldwin Library contains many
well-known titles, it emphasizes the entire spectrum
of books known to have been read by children.
Consequently, researchers will have access to the
classics of children's literature as well as many
unique or extremely rare titles that were deemed
"unworthy" to be held in other repositories.
The Baldwin Library is a non-browsing,
non-circulating collection. Books requested by
researchers are pulled by staff usually within a few
minutes and are used in the special collections
research room, open Monday through Friday 9:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Summer sessions hours are
Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In addition to the Baldwin Library of
Historical Children's Literature, the George A.
Smathers Libraries holds more than 30,000
circulating volumes written for children in the
humanities and social sciences collections,
Education Library, and P.K.Yonge Developmental
Research School's Mead Library.
The broad scopes of time, topic, and author allow
for both comprehensive and in-depth reviews.
Cultural, social, and literary trends can be studied in
a general nature beginning from the time books for
children were introduced, or through deeper explo-
ration of a more specific time period.
The collection also offers a unique opportunity
for comparative studies. There are many titles with
parallel British and American editions in the library
that facilitate study of the differences between the two
cultures. There are also many texts represented by
numerous editions that provide ample resources for
constructing the evolution of text through several
years or decades. For example, over 300 British and
American editions of Robinson Crusoe published from
1719 through the mid 1980s are among the holdings.
The variety of possible approaches to subject
specialties or particular interest is a significant
strength. Use of the collection is complicated by the
fact that most of its titles are accessible in WebLUIS,
UF's online database, by title only. The books are fully
accessible, however (author, title, subject), through
For more information on the Baldwin Library
for Historical Children's Literature contact:
Rita Smith, Curator
George A. Smathers Libraries
P.O. Box 117007, University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7007
Telephone: (352) 392-0369
Fax: (352) 846-2746
Online collection: http://palmm.fcla.edu/juv/
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