Fonds UBCA-ARC-1531 - Sheila Egoff fonds

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Sheila Egoff fonds

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1.49 m of textual records

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Sheila A. Egoff was born in Maine and raised in Galt, Ontario. She moved to British Columbia in 1962 and was a founding faculty member of the UBC's School of Librarianship, where she taught children's librarianship and literature until she retired from teaching in 1983. She wrote several books, including The Republic of Childhood, the first major critical survey of Canadian children's literature, in 1967.
In 1984, Egoff began work on classifying the Arkley Collection of Early and Historical Children's Literature for UBC Library's Special Collections, and later co-compiled with Ronald Hagler an extensive bibliography published by the UBC Library in 1998, entitled Books That Shaped our Minds: A Bibliographical Catalogue of Selections Chiefly from the Arkley Collection of Early & Historical Children's Literature in the Rare Books and Special Collections, the University of British Columbia Library. Rose and Stanley Arkley donated their collection of British and American children's literature, dated from 1767, to UBC Library's Special Collections Division in 1976. The Arkleys provided funding for cataloguing and purchasing children's literature, now known as the Arkley Collection at Rare Books and Special Collections.

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Fonds consists of research on bibliographic sources and index cards arranged alphabetically listing Authors/Titles/Series and then Illustrators/Engravers for books in the Arkley collection. Research materials include publishers’ catalogues, newsletters, photocopied articles, copies of title pages, correspondence, notes, catalogue entries, and a hornbook replica.

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