RepositoryOxford Brookes University
ExtentApproximately 700 books
TitlePeter Stockham Collection
Date18th century-20th century
DescriptionComprises books and magazines about children's literature and publishing, a collection of original 19th and 20th century children's books, and examples of Peter Stockham's facsimiles.
AccessConditionsPlease use the Library Catalogue, available at www.brookes.ac.uk/library, to search for catalogued items in this collection.
The collection may be viewed in the special collections reading room only.
CreatorNamePeter Stockham
AdminHistoryPeter Stockham (1928-2003) was a bookseller with a particular interest in children's literature and publishing. He became one of the leading experts on children's publishing. He was also a publisher of facsimiles, most notably of chapbooks and ballads. He worked at the campus bookshop at the University of Keele before becoming assistant manager at Una Dillon's bookshop in Malet Street. He became managing director of the company when Una Dillon retired in 1967. In 1975 he left Dillon's and with his wife Anne he started a business in Cecil Court as an independent secondhand and antiquarian bookseller. In 1988 they decided to transfer the business to Lichfield, the city in which Peter had been educated. Here he built up his collection of books and produced annotated catalogues.
CustodialHistoryReceived from the Stockham family.
ArchNoteCollection level description by Eleanor Possart, 2018.
SubjectChildren's literature
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