Welcome to the Cotsen Children's Library Digital Collection!

The Cotsen Children's Library is a very special library within the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University Library.

Our international research collection of illustrated children's books, manuscripts, original artwork, prints, and educational toys from the 15th century to the present day is the benefaction of Lloyd E. Cotsen '50.

Among the Cotsen Digital Library collections on display here:

Soviet Era Books for Children and Youth, a collection of Russian imprints produced between 1918 and 1938, which shows how artists and authors addressed the country’s children and youth in the first two decades after the October Revolution;

Japanese Game Boards published from the nineteenth century through the 1950s. The majority of them are "sugoroku," a dice-based game that reflects a wide variety of topics and themes;

McLoughlin Brothers' Publisher’s Catalogs, Advertising Materials, and “Publisher’s Archives" Items, which include publisher’s catalogs, advertising flyers, and materials from the firm’s own publisher's archive, many uniquely annotated by editorial or production staff, including ten elephant-folio-sized scrap-book-style “guard-books” that contain thousands of proof copies of illustrations.


You can easily access the full range of collections and individual items in Cotsen's Digital Library by using the (left-side) navigation options to search by collections, subject, format, or language, or by using the "Browse" option on the upper menu bar to see the collections now available.

Cotsen Virtual Exhibitions

In addition to Cotsen collections available as part of Princeton's Digital Library itself, Cotsen's Virtual Exhibitions showcase additional illustrative and graphic materials, for instance: Tigers, Kites, Pere Castor's activity books, Leo Politi's Los Angeles, Beatrix Potter, and other other wonderfully visual items.