Childhood-Related Source Materials: Library Building Project

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I am looking for primary source materials related to childhood studies in order to build a resource library for graduate students and instructors.

My name is Emily Slomski. I am a second year graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the advisement of Dr. Will Thomas.

Due to the nature of childhood studies, it can be quite difficult to efficiently gather primary source materials related to the study of childhood/youth. I aim to build an expansive database that will be curated for general and specialized needs.

In addition to primary source materials, I am also interested in any archival collections, digital projects, and online exhibits that could be used as resources.

I am looking for all time frames, geographical regions, and themes. I will widely distribute access to the library when it is built.

If you have source materials, or would like to discuss further, please reach out via email to:


All my best,

Emily E. Slomski

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, History Department

HGSA V.P./James A. Rawley Conference in the Humanities Chair, 2017-2018


Hi, Emily 1/30/2018

re: primary source materials related to childhood studies in order to build a resource library

What an admirable project!

Keep children's health/nutrition/pediatrics in mind as a topic and great source of artifacts that all ages can relate to.

My exhibition, A State of Health: New Jersey's Medical Heritage, devoted a big section, "Children's Health, Public Health," to the subject. It touched on, among other things: home remedies, pure milk, epidemics (measles, "cholera infantum," diphtheria, rabies, polio, AIDS...), immunizations, children's hospitals, TB sanatoria, birth records, vitamins, and Band-Aids.

Just in case you don't know about it already: Cotsen Children's Library -- a wonderful place tucked inside Princeton University's main library -- will be an invaluable resource for any aspect of childhood studies:
The Cotsen staff is terrifically helpful! Check out their blog:

Karen Reeds, PhD, FLS
Karen Reeds, A State of Health: New Jersey's Medical Heritage (Rutgers UP, 2001)

Past President, Medical History Society of New Jersey,

Princeton Research Forum, a community of independent scholars:
(website under construction)

For primary source materials, the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature at the University of Florida has over 150,000 volumes, of which over 6,000 are online:
Also, the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) includes a number of materials related to the Caribbean and children's literature, including depictions of children and the Caribbean in children's literature:

Best wishes,

Laurie N. Taylor, PhD
Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Florida
Editor-in-Chief, LibraryPress@UF
Digital Scholarship Director, Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)
528 Library West, P.O. Box 117000, Gainesville, FL 32611
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