The O’Quinn Collection primarily consists of popular literature intended for early to mid-twentieth century adolescent girl readers. Series represented are Ruth Fielding, Cherry Ames, Vicki Barr, Beverly Gray, Dana Girls, Connie Blair, and Judy Bolton. Other titles include Campfire Girls, Bobbsey Twins, Honey Bunch, and Donna Parker. There are numerous miscellaneous, but related, titles as well. When complete, the collection will include the first 56 books in the Nancy Drew series. The collection contains many first editions and examples of book jacket and cover art.
The books were collected by Appalachian State University Professor of English Dr. Elaine J. O’Quinn, who researches and teaches about the literature and literacy of girls. The collection forms a significant theme within the Children’s Literature Collection and complements similar books already part of the collection. Currently over 500 titles.
- Annotated Bibliography
- Topics for Research in the Collection (PDF)
- Series Featuring Elementary School Girls (PDF)
How to Use the Collection
Please visit the Using Archives, Manuscripts, and Rare Books page to learn how to use this collection.