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Appendix F: Juvenile Literature



Primarily, to provide area educators (UNK education students and faculty, teachers in area schools, parents and other members of the general public) access to juvenile literature (e.g., picture books, big books, chapter books, young adult novels).

Adminstrator of the Collection:

The Curriculum Librarian, Calvin T. Ryan Library, Lower Level, (308) 865-8276

History of the Collection:

At one time, A. O. Thomas Hall was a laboratory school. The juvenile literature collection was housed there. When it closed as a school the materials were transferred to the library. Presumably, this is the point when the "+" symbol was added to the call number (it precedes the call number) for this collection.

In 1984, the collection was designated the Nebraska Archive of Children's Books. The purpose of the collection was to assist the Nebraska Library Commission in providing continuing access to:

  • Examples of significant juvenile books which reflect the customs, social values and history of the times in which they were written.
  • Retrospective works for young people dealing specifically with Nebraska life and history.
  • Books out of print for which there is diminished local demand but which may be of continuing interest to the researcher or scholar.

Per Janet Stoeger Wilke, Library Dean and former Curriculum Librarian via personal communication, the archive function has not been maintained. Originally, public and school libraries used to send their withdrawn titles so that the archive could be checked to see if the title was already in the collection. This has somewhat fallen to the wayside as personnel has changed in the state.

Estimate of Holdings:

The collection contains approximately 25,000 titles in the Juvenile Literature collection.

State, Regional, and National Importance:

The collection serves as a regional resource, as well as supplementing the educational resources available to the University of Nebraska at Kearney, College of Education.

Treatment of Subject:

Literature written for children and young adult readers is the primary focus of the collection. The collection focuses on award winning titles, works supporting typical K-12 discipline areas (such as math and social sciences) and titles of particular interest to Nebraska and the Plains region. Attention is paid to adding titles with potential controversial content to aid research, as well as making the items available to regional patrons who might not otherwise have access to the resources. The collection is both contemporary and historical, striving to provide titles needed for the study of juvenile literature as a discipline.

Types of Material:

Generally books are collected. Occasionally, materials in other media may be included with the monograph.

Place of Publication:

Most materials are published in the United States.