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Shaw Poetry Collection

John MacKay Shaw, a World War I ambulance driver and then an AT&T executive donated his childhood poetry collection to FSU in 1960. He collected poetry for most of his life and in retirement he continued adding to the FSU collection of English and American poetry from the late 18th through the early 20th century.

The unifying theme is childhood from an adult perspective. The collection is rich in literary journals, gift books and books of moral and religious instruction for children and youth. It features the early work of poets not usually associated with children, such as Charles and Mary Lamb, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Lear as well as Burns, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson and Longfellow.

http://www.research.fsu.edu/researchr/fall2002/features/librarycollection.html


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