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The Bert Roller Louisa May Alcott and Historic Children’s Literature Collections

Louisa May AlcottThrough the generous donation of Jane Roller Sights, Peabody Library has a collection of historic children's literature that belonged to her father, Bert Anderson Roller. Dr. Roller was a Professor of English Literature at Peabody College from 1927-1934 and Editor of the Peabody Reflector (1922-1934).

In addition to the books of historic interest, the Bert Anderson Roller Collection contains items from Louisa May Alcott. Alcott, the renowned American novelist, was one of the first authors to write novels for young readers. The Louisa May Alcott Collection includes some of the author's original handwritten notes and letters; several editions of Little Women; an original beam from Louisa May's room in the family's home (Orchard House) in Concord, Massachusetts; paper dolls, with which Louisa May and her sisters played; and a pincushion (designed as a bonnet) made by Louisa May Alcott in 1887 as a Christmas gift for a cousin.