On my first day volunteering at Canterbury Christ Church University’s archive, more specifically working on the Braddon collection, I came across a letter dating from the 1960s from history professor Robert Lee Wolff to Henry Maxwell.
The second of our blog posts on CCCU’s special collections and archives focuses on the ‘Historical Collection’.
Not many people know this, but we have a great collection of children’s books in the special collections and archives shelves in Augustine House. The collection contains some beautiful examples of adventure stories, mystery stories, annuals and school stories (among other things) – mostly from the late 19th-early 20th centuries. It’s well-worth a look for anyone interested in the history of books, publishing, children’s books/fiction, book art/making or illustration, as well as people looking at how children used to live, and of course what they read!