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Arkley Collection of Historical Children's Literature
University of British Columbia, Special Collections and University Archives Division

Children's literature; Carroll, Lewis

The collection was established in 1963. The initial collection, the Malin-Edmonds Collection, was purchased from the duplicate collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia. In 1966, a collection of Lewis Carroll material was added. In 1976, the Arkleys donated their collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century books. Since then, the collection has been loosely called the Arkley Collection. This collection is distinct from the children's collection which is housed elsewhere in the general library.

The collection contains British and North American children's books from the late eighteenth century to 1939. The collection is particularly strong in material by and about Lewis Carroll. Some unique items include Canadian "firsts", early editions of classics, and works of important illustrators. Works published after 1939 and journals are excluded from the collection (these are housed in the general stacks instead). The collection relies largely on gifts. Few purchases are made to develop the collection at present. However, if important Canadian items become available through local dealers, attempts are made to purchase them. In 1995, the Library received a SSHRC grant of $20,000 to strengthen the collection.


5,000 monographs; a few manuscripts.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued on cards and in an online catalogue. LC subject headings and classification are used. The holdings are recorded in the National Library Union Catalogue and the National Union Catalog (NUC). Special bibliographies include: The Osborne Collection of early children's books, 1566-1910: a catalogue and Canadian children's books 1799-1939 in the Special Collections and University Archives Division, The University of British Columbia Library: a bibliographical catalogue.

Physical Access
The collection is in Rare Books and Special Collections which is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No. Loans are made to certain institutions for exhibits only.

Reprography: Photocopying is done by the staff as the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Yandle, Anne. -- "A child's world of words". -- Amphora. -- Vol. 48 (June 1982). -- Richmond, B.C. : Alcuin Society, 1982. Egoff, Sheila. -- "A rare collection in British Columbia". -- Canadian Children's Literature/Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse. -- Vol.38 (1985). Egoff, Sheila. -- Canadian children's book 1799-1939 in the Special Collections and University Archives Division, The University of British Columbia Library: a bibliographical catalogue compiled by Sheila A. Egoff with assistance of Margaret Burke, Ronald Hagler and Joan Pert. -- Vancouver : University of British Columbia Press, 1992. Hancock, Geoff. -- "Kid lit is not just child's play: UBC collection of children's literature is a well used academic resource". -- UBC Alumni Chronicle. -- Vol. 32, no. 3 (Autumn 1978).