Children's literature of the nineteenth century forms the basis of this Collection. Many leading writers of juvenile literature are represented, including: Maria Edgeworth, Juliana Horatia Ewing, Kate Greenaway, Mary and William Howitt, Andrew Lang, George MacDonald, Mary Louisa Molesworth, Rev. Isaac Taylor, Sarah Trimmer, Charlotte Mary Yonge.
Keywords: Literature (English - Victorian); Literature (children's)
Strengths: The core of the Collection is Victorian authors who specialised in writing for children. The leading authors of their day are well represented.
Languages:English; French, Italian; some German.
Physical characteristics: c. 400 volumes.
Accumulation date range: 1880s-1974
Contents date range: 1687-1974
Associated Publications: For obituary notice of A. A. Jack see Aberdeen University Review, 31 (1944-46), 295-96. The article by Stuart hannabuss, 'A Cultural Resource: Early Children's Literature and itsContext', Northern Scotland, 15 (1995), pp. 135-50 is based largely on the Juvenile Collection. Available on Library OPAC or WebPAC
Accrual Status: Partial
Custodial history/provenance: The bulk of the Collection was gifted by Emeritus Professor A. A. Jack (1869-1946) in 1953. Jack was the Chalmers Professor of English Literature from 1915-1938. A further 50 volumes were received as a gift from Mr. H. C. Brooks in 1974.
Access Control: Closed access - please request. Non-borrowable.