Guide to the Research Collections
The Research Libraries own a possibly unique file of the very early Youth's News Paper
(1797), as well as other early American children's periodicals. In addition C.F. Weisse's Der Kinderfreund
(1775-81) and a partial set of the Deutsche Jugendzeitung
(Dresden, 1832-48) typify holdings in early European children's periodicals. Some early Russian children's periodicals are available in the Slavonic Division, such as Detsko&icaron;
(St. Petersburg, 1815). Both the Central Children's Room of the Branch Libraries and the Research Libraries own substantial runs of one of the best-known of children's magazines in the United States, St. Nicholas.
Other periodicals available are broken runs of the Juvenile Miscellany
and the Youth's Companion.
A most significant acquisition in 1957 was the Giornale per i bambini
(Rome, 1881-83) which contains the first appearance of Carlo Lovenzini's La storia di un burratino
("Pinocchio"). A substantial collection of amateur periodicals is presently housed in the library's Annex, with a supplementary, noncurrent collection located in the Periodicals Section. Extending in date from the last quarter of the nineteenth century through the 1950s, the material consists chiefly of collections formed by Bertram Adler, Charles R. Heins, and Charles W. Smith. These holdings are of interest as they contain examples of children's and young people's writing. Listed in the Public Catalog under the heading "Periodicals, Amateur," the collection has a typed index.
The magazines Seventeen
(1958- ) and Horn Book
(1933- ) are currently available in the Research Libraries; for other juvenile titles the public is referred to the Central Children's Room of the Branch Libraries. Several current periodicals are available in the Jewish, Oriental, and
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Slavonic Divisions, although these divisions place no stress on this type of material.