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Children's Literature Collections

The collection of late 19th-century and early 20th-century titles emphasises the work of such artists as Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway.

In addition to considerable manuscript holdings relating to Alison Uttley, the Library has a collection of annotated first editions of her works, together with books finely illustrated by Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and others.

The collection of Elfrida Vipont (1902-1992), author of The Elephant and the Bad Baby, contains manuscript materials and copies of her published books and articles.

The Bellot printed collection has a particular emphasis on boys' adventure stories, while the Satterthwaite collection is biased towards girls' literature.

The Jack Cox collection comprises the working papers of the last editor of the Boy's Own Paper, together with a virtually complete run of BOP.

Finding aids

  • See under individual collection titles.
  • Alison Uttley books and other works recorded in .


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library