Archives and Special Collections Devoted to Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Authored by: Karen Nelson Hoyle

Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  April  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415965057
eBook ISBN: 9780203843543
Adobe ISBN: 9781136913570

10.4324/9780203843543.ch27

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Abstract

Archives and special collections provide a physical history of the field of children’s and young adult literature. As curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections for over 40 years, Karen Nelson Hoyle is well prepared to explain how such collections enable researchers to seek—and hopefully to find—a “story behind the story” that may be revealed through an examination of the materials held in such collections. These materials may include draft and final manuscripts and artwork; correspondence; first and variant editions of published books; and other materials relevant to the creation and publication of texts for young readers. As a historian of children’s literature, Leonard Marcus takes his Point of Departure opportunity to describe some of the resources he has found and assistance he has received at the Kerlan as well as other special collections.

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