H-Childhood is an edited network focused on the history of childhood and youth. Subscriptions to H-Childhood are free. The H-Childhood network is co-sponsored by the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) and H-Net.

Recent Network Content

Re: On Orphananges

If your interest in orphans leads in the direction of adoption, you can find a summary of British colonial era adoption law by colony/country in Margaret Kornitzer, Child Adoption in the Modern World, NY: Philosophical Library, 1952.

Registration open for "Border-Crossing in Children’s Literature," Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton University, June 14-16, 2018

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Registration is open for "Border-Crossing in Children’s Literature," the Second International Symposium for Children’s Literature & the Fourth US-China Symposium for Children’s Literature hosted by the Cotsen Children's Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. 

CFP: “Children, Medicine, and Imperial Encounters” Panel for SHCY Conference


I am hoping to organize a panel for the 26-28 June 2019 SHCY conference (Australian Catholic University, Sydney) on children’s engagement with medicine, particularly in imperial contexts.  My research focuses on nineteenth-century British imperial uses of children to spread smallpox vaccine globally.  I am interested in the actual uses of children as vectors to transmit vaccine matter and in how popular and government accounts of vaccination extended—and denied—rights and emotions (such as child preciousness, innocence, etc.) through emerging ideals of childhood.

CFS: History of Education Society Outstanding Book Award

Call for Submissions:

History of Education Society Outstanding Book Award


This award recognizes the most outstanding book on the history of education published during the previous year. This includes work on schooling as well as educational institutions and processes more broadly, concerning the U.S. and/or other locations. Only books copyrighted in 2017 are eligible for consideration for the 2018 prize. 


Criteria used to evaluate the books include: