Dr. Higson's particular interest was the history of children's literature. The Collection includes alphabets and readers, stories, annuals, journals and picture books from the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries.
The Collection is available for reference and can be searched on the catalogue. Please place a Hold on material you wish to consult and make an appointment to view the items in the Special Collections Reading Room.
Examples from the Collection
Here is a small selection of the covers of items from the Higson Collection of early children's books.
On the Road to Bagdad: A story of Townshend's gallant advance on the Tigris
London, Blackie, 
Three School Chums
London, W. & R. Chambers, 
The Jolliest Term on Record: a story of school life.
London, Blackie, 1915
Just So Stories for Little Children.
Condemned As a Nihilist: a story of Siberia
London, Blackie, .
Union Jack Periodical Cover
The Union Jack: a magazine of healthy, stirring tales of adventure by land and sea for boys.
Vol. 1, 1880