Nineteenth Century Children's Chapbook Collection
- Majority of material found within 1780-1946, 1801 and 1900
Housed in Special Collections and University Archives, the Rutgers University Libraries Nineteenth Century Children's Chapbook Collection consists of over nine hundred children's books. The books forming the bulk of the collection were issued mainly between 1801 and 1900 and measure 10 centimeters or less in height. They are generally bound in paper wrappers and are of miscellaneous provenance. Most titles were published in America, although some British publications are included here as well. The collection includes religious tracts, toybooks, primers, catechisms, alphabets, hymns, songbooks, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, miniature books and wordless picture books, among other popular genres, and reflects the growth and development of American book illustration and wood engraving. The Collection also includes some advertising formally imitative of children's books and evidently directed at children. The Collection constitutes an important part of the early and rare children's books in the Rutgers University Libraries.
2.6 cubic feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged by place of publication then by publisher.
- Guide to the Nineteenth Century Children's Chapbook Collection
- Edited Full Draft
- Michael Joseph and Silvana Notarmaso
- February 2017
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.
- March 2009: Items listed as n.d. changed to undated, per DACS
- September 2009: revised coding to add encoding analogs to some elements per the EAD report card
Part of the New Brunswick Special Collections Repository