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Baby's Lullaby Book, 1888

“Baby’s Lullaby Book,” an 1888 selection from the Early Children’s Book Collection. View Online.


The Maxwell Library Special Collections focuses on rare books and manuscript collections from numerous genres, including politics, education, literature, and organizations of many different types. The general rare book collection contains items dating back to the 1700s with an emphasis on education, and includes items on many other topics and areas. Some of the highlights from the Special Collections include:

  • Conrad Aiken Collection
  • Boston Theater Broadside Collection
  • Dickens Collection
  • Early Children’s Book Collection
  • Encyclopédie Méthodique Collection
  • Congressman Hastings Keith Collection
  • Hyannis State Normal School Records
  • Irish Literature Collection
    • Seamus Heaney Collection
  • Lincoln Collection
  • Lincoln Group of Boston Collection
  • Local History Collection
  • Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Collection
  • Massachusetts Reading Association Collection
  • New England Theater Conference Collection
  • Teddy Roosevelt Collection