We at the Center for the Humanities think that students should not only be exposed to books and magazines but also to objects of material culture. To that end, and in support of our children's studies minor, we maintain a collection of toys that are sometimes put on display. We have a number of board games and dolls, including controversial ones like Ghettopoly and Anti-Monopoly as well as disturbing racist and sexist dolls. Besides these, many of our dolls have social or nostalgic significance, such as Wonder Woman Barbie or the Happy Family: Grandma Doll. Vintage toys compose a large portion of our collection as well, including antique science sets and robots. Toys that are put on display (as well as any single piece of the toy collection) can be viewed during the regular working hours of the Center.
Children's Literature Collection
The Henrietta Hochschild Collection of Children's Books
The Henrietta Hochschild Collection of Children's Books, located in Olin Library Special Collections, numbers over 1,000 books, magazines, and ephemeral pieces documenting the evolution of children's literature. Among the items in the collection are a Buck Rogers illustrated pop-up edition, several works by the 19th-century creator of movable picture books, Lothar Meggendorfer, and a stunning advance copy of Maxfield Parrish's Knave of Hearts, published in 1925. Learn more.
Little Black Sambo Collection
The Story of Little Black Sambo was written and illustrated by Helen Bannerman, a Scotswoman living in colonial India. Washington University Libraries' Department of Special Collections acquired a wide-ranging collection of nearly 300 primary sources that document this text, its publishing and illustration history, and its treatment in the mass market. It is the story of a little Indian boy who goes out into the world with a new suit of clothes. After losing everything to ravenous tigers, he gets his belongings back when the tigers, in a fit of jealousy, chase themselves around a tree until they melt into butter.
With its racially charged title and succession of editions reset in Africa or the American South, the work has been controversial since it first appeared in 1899. Over the course of its 100-year history, discussion of the work has stimulated a more enlightened development and re-evaluation of children's books featuring non-white protagonists. Learn more.
Gellman's Children's Literature Collection
Children's literature, purchased in honor of Vivian Gellman. View a list of titles in the collection: Gellman, Vivian - Honoree. Located in Olin Library, Level A, shelved by call number, which are mostly in the PZ's.
The Curriculum Collection is housed in the general collection of Olin Library. The collection supports the teaching and research needs of faculty, graduates and undergraduates in the Department of Education. The collection contains a variety of textbooks in history, social studies, language arts, reading, algebra, biology and chemistry, to name a few, that are used in elementary and secondary curriculums. There are also various teacher's guides and manuals, learning kits and manipulative materials, and a wide range of children's literature. To locate materials within the Curriculum Collection, use the phrase "curriculum collection" as part of your search in the online catalog.