Cotsen Children's Library

Cotsen Children's Library

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-1148
The Cotsen Children's Library is a very special library within the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University Library. Our international research collection of illustrated children's books, manuscripts, original artwork, prints, and educational toys from the 15th century to the present day is the benefaction of Lloyd E. Cotsen '50. The Cotsen Children's Library also has a public face, serving as a resource for children, families, and educators in the greater Princeton area.

Our Collections

Mary Chrystie Papers, 1830-1849 (mostly 1833-1841)

A collection of letters and other writings written principally by Mary Chrystie, but also other members of Chrystie/Few family, mostly from the 1830s through 1840s. Mary Chrystie is a pious, intelligent, chatty, and wealthy young lady from Fishkill Landing, New York. Unfortunately Mary dies at the early age of 17 from tuberculosis in Nice, France.
Collection ID: COTSEN1

Princeton University Library Collection of Children's Publishers' and Retailers' Catalogs, 1913-2015

Advertising material, mostly catalogs, from publishers and sellers of children's books, toys and educational products.
Collection ID: COTSEN3

Lloyd E. Cotsen Collection of Potter Family Photographs, 1865-1935

This collection consists primarily of photographs taken by Rupert Potter (1832-1914), father of children's book author Beatrix Potter (1866-1944). It includes many portraits of Beatrix, of family members, and of friends. In addition, the collection includes studio portraits of Potter family members taken by various commercial photographers; a few photographs taken by Beatrix as aids for illustration; and photographs of animals and farmsteads in the Lake District related to Beatrix Potter Heelis' career as sheep farmer and land preservationist from the 1910s to 1940s.
Collection ID: COTSEN5

Princeton University Library Collection of Mary Shepard and P. L. Travers Materials, 1900-1909 (mostly 1960-1996)

A collection of correspondence, sketches, proofs, notes, personal writing, photographs, and legal documents related to the life and careers of P. L. Travers (1899-1996) and Mary Shepard (1909-2000).
Collection ID: COTSEN2