Pollard Collection

Subject strengths: Childrens Literature, English Literature

The Pollard Collection was brought together by Mr Eric Pollard and was purchased from the family with support from the Friends of the University Library in 2011. It focuses on the author, Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) being particularly rich in early editions of his works. The collection includes a series of short stories, published as 'The Railway Library', which made Kipling's name as a writer in India, England and America. There are also many of his classic novels and works of children's literature such as Puck of Pook's Hill. During the First World War, Kipling devoted his writing to the war effort and this is represented in the collection too. Besides printed books the Pollard Collection includes cuttings and ephemera relating to Kipling as well as 16 colour folio plates by the artists Maurice and Edward Detmold, produced to illustrate the 1908 Macmillan octavo edition of The Jungle Book.


Date range of material

1878 - 2007

How to order items from this collection

Please use the finding aid below to search through a list of the individual items we have within this collection.

If you find an item you would like to consult in the Special Collections reading room, simply make a note of the reference number and title of the item(s) you are interested in (for example Pollard 250 The Second Jungle Book)

You can then place your order by linking to our request form.

Finding aid

Available via Library catalogue.

Other resources

Material from this collection was used in our Treasure of the Month for December 2015.

Scanning and photocopy service

If you are unable to visit our reading room, we also have a scanning and photocopying service.