English chapbook collection

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Sonoma State University Library
Special Collections
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, California 94928
(707) 664-4152

Descriptive Summary

Title: English chapbook collection
Dates: 19th century; no exact dates given
Collection Number: Consult repository
Extent: 1 box (30 envelopes, 42 chapbooks)
Repository: Sonoma State University Library
Rohnert Park, California 94928
Abstract: This collection is comprised of original chapbooks from England published in the nineteenth century. These chapbooks include song books, lesson books, fortune telling guides, natural histories, histories, and other ephemera. The term “chapbook” was first used in 1824, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, and is used to represent a genre of small, usually pocket-sized booklets. The genre encompasses many kinds of printed material, including pamphlets, tracts, nursery rhymes, songs, and folk tales.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

Preferred Citation

English chapbook collection. Sonoma State University Library

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains 30 envelopes, 42 items. The materials are organized in a total of one box.

Indexing Terms

Chapbooks, English -- 19th century.

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