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The Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books 1566-1910, a catalogue, volume 1.

The Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, 1566-1910. A Catalogue, edited by Judith St. John. 2 vols. Toronto: Toronto Public Library, 1975. ISBN vol.1 0-919486-25-8; vol.2 0-919486-54-1.

Osborne Collection materials have been added to the Toronto Public Library Online Catalogue. There are at present approximately 60,000 Osborne records in the catalogue.

Pre-1800 Osborne Collection materials are partially listed in ESTC, searchable through Eureka

At present there is a two- volume published catalogue available in print format only at the Toronto Reference Library. A card catalogue is available at the Osborne Collection.

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Some special collections and resources on the Web.

Art of the Picture Book – Osborne Collection

Linda Koliopoulos: “Art of the Picture Book Blog,” featuring a visit to the Osborne Collection

The Children’s Literature Web Guide

A Canadian source with an alphabetical author web page listing, information about awards and events, and links to CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers) and The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, among other important contacts.

de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection

The University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Collection is an extensive library of early and modern children’s books with an emphasis on American literature. Digital projects such as “The Cinderella Project” make original holdings in their entirety available online, together with lists of resource support material.

Cotsen Children’s Library

Princeton University’s Cotsen Children’s Library was established in 1996, and contains a wide variety of early and modern children’s books from around the world.

Lilly Library (Indiana University) Chapbook Collection

The Lilly library at Indiana University contains the Elisabeth Ball Chapbook Collection, an extensive collection of early small pamphlet books.

Les manuels scolaires québécois – Laval University

Laval University’s Les manuels scolaires québécois contains an extensive catalogue of early Canadian French-language school and recreational reading materials for children.

Victoria and Albert Museum National Art Library children’s literature collections including: The Renier Collection of Historic and Contemporary Publications for Children

The Renier Collection is the largest special collection of children’s literature in the UK. For some years it was stored at the Museum of Childhood, but the collection is now held at the V & A Archive of Art & Design. The Renier Collection consists of over 80,000 books, plus toys, games and printed ephemera.

Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario

Contains pictures and information about the Ontario homes of Canada’s most internationally renowned author, together with listings of events celebrating the life and work of LMM.

Battledore Ltd.

Commercial connection – Battledore is currently the only bookseller that specializes in Osborne facsimile, Lecture and Friends books published prior to 1990.

Canadian Children’s Literature Service

Part of the National Library of Canada. It offers advisory reference and bibliographic services based on the National Library of Canada’s Children’s Literature Service Collection, as well as access to the online version of the annual annotated bibliography, CCLS’s Read Up On It.