Higson Collection

This Collection was donated by Dr. Winifred Higson, the Librarian of the Institute of Education and the School of Education of the University of Leicester between 1949-1973.

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.

Photograph of on the road to bagdad frontcover


Brereton. F.S.
On the Road to Bagdad: A story of Townshend's gallant advance on the Tigris
London, Blackie, [1929]


Photograph of three school chums frontcover Finnemore, John
Three School Chums
London, W. & R. Chambers, [1907]





Photograph The Jolliest Term on Record frontcover Brazil, Angela
The Jolliest Term on Record: a story of school life.
London, Blackie, 1915




Photograph of Just So Stories for Little Children frontcover Kipling, Rudyard
Just So Stories for Little Children.
London, Macmillan,1902.




Photograph of Condemned As a Nihilist frontcover Henty, G.A.
Condemned As a Nihilist: a story of Siberia
London, Blackie, [1892].




Photograph of The Union Jack frontcover Union Jack Periodical Cover
The Union Jack: a magazine of healthy, stirring tales of adventure by land and sea for boys.
Vol. 1, 1880



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