houses rare, fragile, and unique materials ranging from a 4,000 year old Sumerian tablet to early printed books, photographs and prints, sheet music, ephemera, and history and literature collections. Learn more about Toy and Picture Books below.
The Special Collections Department of the University of South Florida Tampa Library supports the research and teaching missions of the University of South Florida by acquiring, preserving, and providing access to select and targeted monographs, manuscripts, illustrations, maps, sheet music, photographs, archival materials, and printed ephemera, as well as audio/video, images, and text in select digital formats. Collections are intended for use by the university community as well as the general public according to the policies and procedures established by the Department.
The historic toy book collection at USF charts the development of picture book publication in the United States. In the early days of American children’s literature, the term “toy book” referred books intended for entertainment and amusement instead of instruction. With a wide range of titles produced by the McLoughlin Brothers publishing firm at its core, USF’s collection features many examples of black and white illustration, hand-colored illustration, and chromolithography. The collection covers a wide array of subjects, ranging from nursery rhymes and folk tales to counting books, tales about animals, and original stories.