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). See a list of books associated with the Bert Roller Historic Children's Literature Collection .

In addition to the books of historic interest, the Bert Roller Louisa May Alcott Collection is a unique collection on exhibit in the Fireside Reading Room of the Peabody Library. Bert Anderson Roller collected memorabilia of Louisa May Alcott, one of the first authors to write novels for young readers. Jane Roller Sights is responsible for the generous permanent loan of the Collection to the Peabody Library.

The exhibit includes some of the author's original handwritten notes and letters; an autographed first edition 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.