Girls' Books

Tisch Library is home to a collection of girls' books donated by Professor Emerita Carol Houlihan Flynn. It is comprised largely of fiction books for girls and about girls, written by female authors¹ from the late 19th through mid-20th centuries.

This exhibit explores the books in the collection, including series such as Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, Beverly Gray and many others; non-series fiction titles; and mid-20th century conduct books for girls. All books can be found in print in Tisch Library, and many are also available online via the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Endpapers from "Nancy's Mysterious Letter"

¹Peter Stoneley. Consumerism and American Girls’ Literature, 1860-1940 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 12.