Amongst the rare books held at Lucy Cavendish College Library is a collection of children's literature from the 19th century.
45 books in total were donated to the College in 1995 by Dr. Anna Bidder (1903-2001), a founding fellow and first President of the College (1965-1970) and are collectively known as the 'Founders' Collection of Children's Books'.
Born in Cambridge, Dr Anna Bidder and her elder sister, Caroline (born 1900), were the daughters of two scientists, George Parker Bidder III, a zoologist, and Marion Greenwood, a biologist. They lived at Cavendish Corner, now the EF School of English on Hills Road.
Inscriptions in many of the books reveal that they were passed down through generations of Bidder children before reaching Anna and Caroline.
The Founders' Collection can only be consulted within staffed hours, which is Monday-Friday, 9.30am-1pm, 1.30pm-5pm.
For members of Lucy Cavendish College, we have also started up a small borrowable collection of contemporary children's literature.
New books are purchased via suggestions from College members and in consultation with the Lucy Cavendish College Children's Literature Society.
Each year the Library also purchases books shortlisted for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals.
The Founders' Collection cannot be borrowed but the books can be consulted by arrangement with the Librarian. Please contact us to arrange a visit.
Lucy Cavendish College Library, Lady Margaret Road, CB3 0BU