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A Closer Look: The Marguerite Archer Collection

Photo of two pages from a book titled "A Frog He Would A Wooing Go" depicting 'Froggie' hanging out with a mouse, cats and other animals

"And Froggie declared, she sang like a bird" reads the first line of a page from "A Frog He Would A Wooing Go," a book that capitalizes on the popular song/nursery rhyme. Published circa 1880 by Charles E. Graham & Co., the book is just one of the many linen children's books that are part of the J. Paul Leonard Library's Marguerite Archer Collection of Historic Children's Materials. Linen books designed for toddlers and young children were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century and were prized by parents for their durability. The Archer Collection began with approximately 3,500 historical children's books, textbooks and periodicals, as well as puzzles, toys and educational games donated in 1982 to SFSU by educator and collector Marguerite Archer. It now has more than 7,000 items in the collection.

Photo: William Morris


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