Special Collections
Rare Books and Prints

Public School Fiction Collection

The Public School Fiction Collection provides a fascinating insight into the rich history of what is, today, regarded as a very quaint (and very British) literary tradition. Numbering around 2000 volumes, it comprises works of children's fiction, magazines and annuals of stories set in British public schools.

The collection was initially amassed by the eccentric English collector Timothy d'Arch Smith. It was purchased by the Library from London bookseller Bertram Rota in 1989.

Access and Availability

The collection is fully catalogued online.

Material from this collection can be accessed through the Cultural Collections Reading Room in the Baillieu Library. Requests for material can be made online prior to visiting the reading room. To request material, please use our online request form.

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