Campus Resources

This page lists other collections on the UIUC campus that may be of interest to scholars of children’s literature.

The S-Collection (The School Collection)

Social Sciences, Health and Education Library

The School (S)-Collection in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign consists of over 178,000 cataloged volumes of children’s and young adult literature. The collection was created in 1941 with an initial collection of approximately 3,000 titles. In 1993, the S-Collection acquired an uncatalogued collection of 58,000 children’s books from the Center for Research Libraries, which were subsequently added to the collection. With this addition, it became one of the most comprehensive collections of children’s literature in the nation.

Founded in 2008, HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items. HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection. HathiTrust members steward the collection — the largest set of digitized books managed by academic and research libraries — under the aims of scholarly, not corporate, interests.

Illinois is co-host (with Indiana University) of the HathiTrust Research Center, which offers data sets, consultations, training, longer-term collaborations, and a variety of text-mining and analytic tools for working with the enormous collections of the HathiTrust Digital Library.

University Archives

The American Library Association Archives is the repository for the American Library Association, the world’s oldest and largest national library association.

ALA records, dating primarily from the 1920s to the present, are heavily used by historians, library school faculty, students, and ALA staff and members to study such topics as the history of librarians, library schools, and ALA’s role in national and international events.

The ALA Archives was established in the summer of 1973, when ALA entered into an agreement with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to have its non-current records of value housed at the University Archives.

The ALA Archives consists of official records, correspondence, publications, photographs, sound recordings, films, and videotapes. Research material is arranged in five general areas: administrative and staff offices, associations and divisions, round tables, committees and members’ papers, and affiliated and associated organizations.

University Archives

The National Council of Teachers of English Archives documents the history of the National Council of Teachers of English and the teaching profession. Since 1911, NCTE has been an advocate for literacy education and curriculum standards, as well as a forum for educators to share successful classroom strategies. Further information can be found on NCTE’s homepage.

The University Archives has over 130 cubic feet of NCTE materials. These records, dating from the organization’s founding in 1911 to the present, document NCTE’s history of advocacy for literacy, as well as its affiliates’ history, including the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and the Conference on English Education (CEE).