Elkin Collection

Scope and Content

This Collection contains multicultural children's literature:

  • Books
  • Audiotapes
  • Vinyl recordings
  • Letters
  • Publishers proofs
  • Book reviews
  • Photographs

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Judith Elkin is a pioneer of innovative children's library development. In 1971 she was appointed Head of the Central Children's Library in Birmingham where she was responsible for setting up a new children's library. From 1975 - 1978 she was Head of Services for Children and Young People with Birmingham Libraries. From 1983 she was a Senior Lecturer and the Dean of the Department of Librarianship and Information Studies at University of Central England, now Birmingham City University). Judith was presented with the Eleanor Farjeon Award for Services to Children's Literature in 1986. She became Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Worcester in 2003, Deputy Vice Chancellor Emeritus from 2009 and received a Fellowship in 2011.


Items retained in categories assigned by depositor.

  • Children's Literature critical works
  • Elkin Publications
  • Information Books
  • Fiction and Short Stories
  • Japanese Books
  • Folk and Fairy Tales
  • Picture Books
  • Poetry, Prayers and Songs
  • Elkin Archive

Access Information

Acquisition Information

Collection deposited by Professor Judith Elkin 2005.

Other Finding Aids

Full cataloguing of items completed. Search the Library Catalogue for individual items http://library.worc.ac.uk/ Items also listed on University of Worcester Research Collections website http://library.worc.ac.uk/research-collections/

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

All items can be handled.

Archivist's Note

Collection level description by Rachel Johnson, Research Librarian, University of Worcester.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies/photographs can be made according to copyright law and depending on the condition of the documents. A copyright agreement and an agreement covering reproduction must be signed.

Appraisal Information

Appraised in accordance with GB3284 collection policy and depositor agreement.

Custodial History

Collection deposited with University of Worcester Research Collections 2005. Listed on University of Worcester Research Collections: http://library.worc.ac.uk/research-collections Items retained in categories assigned by depositor.


No further accruals are expected.