Library Trends 27 (4) Spring 1979: The Study and Collecting of Historical Children's Books


Library Trends 27 (4) Spring 1979: The Study and Collecting of Historical Children's Books. Edited by Selma K. Richardson.

The study and collecting of historical children’s books in the United States has a meager publication record, and it hardly seems premature to devote an issue of Library Trends to the topic. The intent of this issue is to describe the state of the art and to suggest proposals for the future. The issue emphasizes American children’s books published before 1920. (Textbooks and school books are not covered.) The traffic across the Atlantic from colonial times to the present prohibits, however, any clear distinctions between American and English book collecting patterns.

Since the subjects covered in this issue have not been treated exhaustively elsewhere, many authors had to lay the foundation with the hope that others will eventually produce works to round out their findings. Thus, this issue is meant to provide a framework to be filled in as others share knowledge of their collections, publications and studies. If during the next ten years some of the questions raised by this publication are dealt with, and if other collections are described and studies reported, this issue will be sorely in need of updating. It might even be possible, then, to document some trends.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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