Ryerson Children's Literature Archive

Abstract: 
The Children's Literature Archive at Ryerson University has particular strengths in adventure stories, fairy tales, and Canadiana. At present, the physical archive can be visited and used by appointment.

The Children's Literature Archive at Ryerson University came to be thanks to an initial donation of several hundred books in the summer of 2009. It now contains over 1500 texts for children written primarily between the late nineteenth century and the mid-twentieth century, the cataloguing of which has recently been completed. The collection has particular strengths in adventure stories, fairy tales, and Canadiana, but also includes strong holdings in poetry, picture books, and pedagogical works such as science texts and primers, along with biographies of notable authors and other scholarly studies.

At present, the physical archive can be visited and used by appointment. Plans are afoot to digitize and make available online some of the collection's more unique and interesting holdings. During the fall semester of 2010, the archive will see its first use as a pedagogical tool combining the study of children's literature and culture with the study of digital humanities and archiving.

About the Project
Funding Sources: 
Chair, Department of English Dean of Arts Digital Media Projects Office Provost and Vice President, Academic Vice President, Research and Innovation
Founding Date: 
May 2009
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