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The Augusta Baker Collection of African-American Children's Literature and Folklore totals over 1600 volumes that highlight a wide range of subjects, genres, and formats of multicultural books for children, together with papers and illustrative material reflecting Baker's pivotal role in the field of children's librarianship. The collection is strong in reflecting the changes in subject matter of children's literature during the late twentieth century, as racial and ethnic folktales and legends were told and retold in numerous illustrated editions for new audiences. Latino/Latina materials, Native American, and Asian American literature and folktales for young people are well-represented.


This catalog gives a brief summary of the Augusta Baker Collection of African-American Children's Literature & Folklore, and notes that the University of South Carolina’s Rare Books and Special Collections Division already holds a large collection of historical children's literature, thereby augmenting the Baker Collection.

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