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John MacKay Shaw Collection of Childhood in Poetry


Happy Days Childhood. Fireside Series. Boston: Lothrop, 1904.

John MacKay Shaw (1897-1984) was a Scottish-born American businessman and philanthropist who collected works of British and American poetry related to the theme of childhood. His collection of over 5,000 first and rare editions of major poets, Victorian gift books, children’s periodicals, and reference works was donated to FSU Libraries and 1959 and has continued to grow, now encompassing over 25,000 volumes

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