Children's Literature Collections
The core collection of children's literature, chiefly of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, is now complemented by selective twentieth-century additions. The Historical Children's Collection contains works in their original bindings by a number of authors, including Oliver Optic, R.M. Ballantyne, L. Frank Baum, Sophie May, G. A. Henty, Jacob Abbott and Frances Hodgson Burnett. With the History of Education books, the initial group of selected works from the nineteenth century were either printed in the South for a Southern audience, or are the texts of speeches and remarks concerning the state of Southern schools and education. Lastly, the Augusta Baker Collection, donated in 1997, brought to the library over 1600 books and contains works by significant authors and illustrators of the twentieth century with an emphasis on African American Children's Literature and global folklore.