Special Collections Reading Room, Library East

The Baldwin holds more than 130,000 volumes published in Great Britain and the United States from the mid-1600s through the present. Its collection of early American juvenile imprints is the largest of any academic institution in the US.

Among the Baldwin Library’s other distinctions include their collections of Little Golden Books, religious tracts, illustrated editions from the Golden Age of Children’s Literature, and comparative editions of celebrated children’s books, including Robinson Crusoe, Pilgrim’s Progress, Aesop’s Fables, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The Baldwin also features many books that have been much used and loved by their past owners, as indicated by marginalia, inscriptions, doodlings, and other wears and tears.  This evidence of use offers unique insight into how past generations interacted with their reading materials.


Click below to view short mini-docs about different aspects of this historical collection of children’s literature.

Baldwin-SmithRussellEnjoy a photographic tour of the Baldwin!

Baldwin-Remus“The Old Unease of Uncle Remus” by Rebecca Bauman

Bluebeard“Bluebeard” by Kendra Holmes

forgottenboy“The Forgotten Boy” by Anastasia Kozak

hanselgretel“Hansel and Gretel” by Christina Nichol


“Tibor Gergely” by Sabrina Jaszi

Empire“Images of Empire in Boy’s Own Paper by Poushali Bhadbury

Baldwin-treasuresView some of the Treasures of the Baldwin Library.

JollyTime “Jolly Time” by Natoya Faughnder

Baldwin-Dragons“Here, There Be Dragons” by Sean Printz

JewishPictureBooks“Jewish Picture Books” by Hilary Jacqmin

aesop“Aesop’s Fables” by Terita Heath-Wlaz

tempest“The Tempest” (part 1) by Katherine Shaeffer

tempest“The Tempest” (part 2) by Katherine Shaeffer