Henrietta Hochschild Collection of Children’s Books

An illustration of the Pied Piper from a Browning title within the Henrietta Hoschschild Children's Collection.

St. Louis educator, reading specialist, and long-time collector of children’s books Henrietta Maizner Hochschild donated a choice selection from her library — more than 1,000 books, magazines, and ephemeral pieces documenting the evolution of children’s literature — to Washington University in the 1980s and ’90s.

The Henrietta Hochschild Children Collection is used by researchers interested in the influence that fairy tales, fantasy, and other popular works have had on the literary, social, and moral development of writers and artists who read these books as children.

Students of book history and its related specializations of design, illustration, the interplay of text and image also find the collection a valuable resource.

The Hole Book cover art has a group of children lined up to take a look at a hole.
The Hole Book by Peter Newell (1908).


Cassie Brand
Job Title
Curator of Rare Books
Phone Number
(314) 935-4950