I am glad the points I raised in my last comment were of interest for your work.
The Nelson Brothers collection is totally worth a visit to Amherst College, when you can. The breadth of material these boys created around their imaginary play world is both exemplary and, I am sure, common to a wider number of children than we know about -- records lost to time and to archival practices that have a marked preference for records/evidence/documents produced by adults.
Dear Carla and Mahshid,
Thank you for taking the trouble to reply to my question, and for your interesting and informative thoughts. I'm sorry not to reply sooner - I thought I had done so but it seems my laptop swallowed my message.
Delightful research and questions!
I'm doing some research on the history of chidren's toponyms and wonder if anyone has come across any interesting examples? I'm particularly interested in toponyms that inscribe a wider literary, historical or geographical consciousness e.g. Ida Gandy's memoirs refer to a small conifer plantation as 'Noah's Ark'. Quite a bit of work has been done on maps in children's literature, which often feature toponyms invented by fictional children (i.e.