Peter Stockham Collection

Scope and Content

Comprises books and magazines about children's literature and publishing, a collection of original 19th and 20th century children's books, and examples of Peter Stockham's facsimiles.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Stockham (1928-2003) was a bookseller with a particular interest in children's literature and publishing. He became one of the leading experts on children's publishing. He was also a publisher of facsimiles, most notably of chapbooks and ballads. He worked at the campus bookshop at the University of Keele before becoming assistant manager at Una Dillon's bookshop in Malet Street. He became managing director of the company when Una Dillon retired in 1967. In 1975 he left Dillon's and with his wife Anne he started a business in Cecil Court as an independent secondhand and antiquarian bookseller. In 1988 they decided to transfer the business to Lichfield, the city in which Peter had been educated. Here he built up his collection of books and produced annotated catalogues.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

Received from the Stockham family.

Other Finding Aids

Please use the Library Catalogue, available at , to search for the published items in this collection.